Wow, what a great chart.

Wow, what a great chart. The Kepler satellite has made such a huge contribution. I can’t wait to see what its inevitable successor will look like.

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NASA Kepler Space Telescope verifies 1,284 new planets—largest finding of planets to date! | May 10, 2016

This histogram shows the number of planet discoveries by year for more than the past two decades of the exoplanet search. The blue bar shows previous non-Kepler planet discoveries, the light blue bar shows previous Kepler planet discoveries, the orange bar displays the 1,284 new validated planets.

The research paper these findings are based on as published by The Astrophysical Journal on May 10, 2016: False Positive Probabilities For All Kepler Objects Of Interest: 1284 Newly Validated Planets And 428 Likely False Positives (Morton et al, 2016):

Credit: NASA/Ames/W. Stenzel; Princeton University/T. Morton

Release Date: May 10, 2016

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