Alert! NASA's planet-hunting spacecraft just discovered nearly 100 new planets beyond our solar system

Scientists have confirmed nearly 100 new planets outside our solar system, bringing the total number of exoplanets found using NASA's K2 mission to almost 300. "We started out analysing 275 candidates, of which 149 were validated as real exoplanets. In turn, 95 of these planets have proved to be new discoveries," said Andrew Mayo, doctoral student at the Technical University of Denmark. "This research has been underway since the first K2 data release in 2014," said Mayo, main author of the research published in the Astronomical Journal.

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