The US space agency has just announced the discovery of the new “exoplanets” which are considered as similar to Earth due to their distance from the star they orbit.

Timothy Morton, associate research scholar at Princeton University in New Jersey, said: “We have discovered 1,284 new planets – the most explanets ever announced at one time.”

It more than doubles the previous amount of exoplanets found by the Kepler Telescope, taking the total number to 2,325.

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