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There's Another Solar System With Eight Planets—And It Wasn't Discovered By Traditional Means

There's Another Solar System With Eight Planets—And It Wasn't Discovered By Traditional Means
5 months ago

Astronemers may be regretting their choice to downgrade Pluto's planetary status today after NASA announced the discovery of a solar system that rivals our own.  

The Kepler space telescope is NASA's "planet-hunter". Back in 2014 it discovered Kepler 90, a sun-like star with 7 seven orbiting planets, 2500 light years from Earth. 

Today NASA announced that with the help of Google machine learning they were able to discover an eighth planet, tying Kepler 90's system with ours for most number of planets. 

The new planet dubbed Kepler-90i "is a sizzling hot, rocky planet." The smallest of he eight planets in it's system Kepler 90i orbits its star so closely its year only lasts 14 days. In fact all eight planets have a very compact orbital path that fits within the distance between Earth and the sun. 

The discovery was made by analyzing the change in brightness of the star as orbiting planets passed in front of Kepler 90.  

The Kepler 90 system shares other similarities with our own. 

Twitter was mostly excited for continued news of discovery from NASA...

Though some still wanted to fight for our home system's dominance...

The best idea however; rededicate NASA's considerable brain power to a higher cause.