Data mining the first two years of results from NASA’s Kepler planet-finding probe, using a statistical technique based on the discovery that multi-planet systems are more common than once thought, has confirmed 715 new exoplanets orbiting distant stars, scientists announced Feb. 26. Two papers to be published by the Astrophysical Journal outline the Kepler findings, the statistical technique derived from them and the results when the data were analyzed with it. The results almost ...

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