Amateur Astronomers Find 15 Possibly Habitable Planets
Will there be enough bureaucrats to regulate each one?
Volunteers from the Planethunters website have identified 15 new habitable planet candidates among data collected by NASA's Kepler spacecraft.
One of the 15, a Jupiter-sized planet orbiting the solar-type star KIC 12735740, has been officially confirmed as a planet (with 99.9 percent certainty). Named PH2 b, it is the second confirmed planet to be found by Planethunters.org, part of the Oxford University-led Zooniverse citizen science project that turns raw data over to keen amateur researchers. The remaining 14 planet candidates are at least 90 percent likely to be planets.