The Kepler Team announced last week that they have found 503 new planet candidates to add to the growing list of alien planets found. This now means there are potentially 3,216 planets outside our solar system that we know about. Some of the candidates are small and in the habitable zone of their star. Although the Kepler spacecraft remains in its Point Rest State, scientist and citizens still have years of data to sift through. Before the launch of Kepler on March 7, 2009, only a few handfulls of planet candidates had been detected. Now the number has exploded into thousands of alien worlds. Each one of them keeping us on the front of our seat for what they will find next!
If we have been searching for planets and life around stars outside our solar system, why haven't we found any around our nearest neighbor, Proxima Centauri? Attempts to find planets there before have failed but now in the next few years the Hubble Space Telescope will have a rare oppurtunity to seek out nearby alien worlds!