(CNN)- New survey has revealed 366 unknown planets, lurking in the massive data store of the retired space telescope Kepler.
A new algorithm developed by Professor Erik Petifura from the Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of California at Los Angeles (USA) has helped “see” up to 747 planets in 57 multi-planet systems and many single-planet systems. in data from NASA’s Kepler/K2 mission.
Kepler is a space telescope that has long since completed its mission, but what it observed before it stopped working is a huge treasure for astronomers.
Among the planetary systems identified are up to 366 previously unknown ghost planets, according to Sci-News.
The team of authors say their algorithm has helped to eliminate previous interference signals, thereby capturing the smallest changes in the brightness of stars and revealing the truth about what orbits them. .
According to Science Alert, the most interesting of them are two gas giant planets equivalent to Saturn in the same planetary system.
A total of 800 million images from Kepler were processed to arrive at the findings. The team reveals newly identified worlds that provide a unique insight into the physical process of planet formation. However, they have yet to find any Earth-like or habitable planet in this data.
The study has just been published in the scientific journal The Astronomical Journal.