Gallery: First Earth-Size Alien Planets Discovered

Kepler-20e and Kepler-20f
(Image: © NASA/Ames/JPL-Caltech)

At Last, Earth-Sized Alien Worlds

Karl Tate, SPACE.com Contributor/ NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle

The Kepler space telescope has spied evidence of two Earth-sized worlds in a star system 950 light-years away. [Full Story]

Infographic: Earth-Sized Alien Worlds

Karl Tate, SPACE.com Infographics Artist

The Kepler space telescope has spied evidence of two Earth-sized worlds in a star system 950 light-years away. This SPACE.com infographic depicts the main features of the planets. [Full Story]

Alien Solar System of Kepler-20

NASA

This still from a NASA animation shows the orbits of the five planets residing in the Kepler-20 star system 950 light-years from Earth. The alien solar system is home to two Earth-size planets, the first such exoplanets ever found.

Alien Planet Kepler-20e

NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle

An artist's rendering of the newfound alien planet Kepler-20e, which scientists say is smaller than Earth, at about 0.87 times the width of our planet.

Alien Planet Kepler-20f

NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle

This illustration shows the alien planet Kepler-20f, discovered by NASA's Kepler space telescope. At 1.03 times the width of Earth, Kepler-20f is the second smallest exoplanet yet found.

Kepler-20 Planets to Scale

NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle

This illustrated graphic shows the two newfound Kepler-20 planets shown to scale with Earth and Venus. [Full Story]

Kepler Planet Sizes

NASA/Kepler mission/Wendy Stenzel

Comparative sizes of Kepler planets, through Kepler-22b.

Planets Large and Small Populate Our Galaxy

Karl Tate, SPACE.com Contributor

Astronomers searching for another Earth are getting closer, thanks to recent discoveries by the Kepler space telescope. [See our full infographic on the types of alien planets here.

Kepler Spacecraft to Hunt Earth-Like Worlds

NASA.

An artist's interpretation of the Kepler observatory in space.

Kepler Field of View Star Chart

Software Bisque

This star chart illustrates the large patch of sky that NASA's Kepler mission will stare at for the duration of its three-and-a-half-year lifetime. The planet hunter's full field of view occupies 100 square degrees of our Milky Way galaxy, in the constellations Cygnus and Lyra.

Illustration of Kepler alien planet candidates and their host stars

Jason Rowe and Kepler team

This illustration shows all 1,235 of the potential alien planet candidates NASA's Kepler mission has found to date. The planets are pictured crossing front of their host stars, which are all represented to scale.

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