‘Dead’ telescope detects Jupiter’s twin from the other side of the tomb

The exoplanet, discovered by NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope, was officially designated K2-2016-BLG-0005Lb. (Image credit: D. Specht et al, Kepler K2)

NASA’s Kepler space telescope has seen a Jupiter look-alike in a new discovery, even though the instrument stopped operating four years ago.

An international team of astrophysicists using NASAs Kepler space telescope, which ceased operations in 2018, has discovered an exoplanet similar to Jupiter, located 17,000 light-years from Earth, making it the most distant exoplanet ever found by Kepler. That exoplanetofficially designated K2-2016-BLG-0005Lb, was seen in data captured by Kepler in 2016. Throughout its lifetime, Kepler observed over 2,700 now confirmed planets.

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