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Data collected by NASA's Kepler telescope continues to reveal new and exciting information about alien planets in the Milky Way galaxy.

Study suggests Milky Way contains billions of Earth-like planets

Artist's illustration of extrasolar planets discovered around the star Kepler 11 by the Kepler Space Telescope (credit: Nature)

Artist's illustration of extrasolar planets discovered around the star Kepler 11 by the Kepler Space Telescope (credit: Nature)

Data collected by NASA’s Kepler telescope continues to reveal new and exciting information about the Milky Way galaxy. Of the 1,200 possible planets identified by Kepler in February, 68 were said to be Earth-sized. But the Huffington Post reported a new study by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory that suggests “one out of every 37 to one out of every 70 sun-like stars may have an Earth-like planet in its orbit.” Explaining the study, Joseph Catanzarite, an astronomer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, told SPACE.com, “This means there are a lot of Earth analogs out there — two billion in the Milky Way galaxy.”

The more scientists learn about our galaxy, the more apparent it becomes that there is still so much to learn about our galaxy, let alone far away galaxies.

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