Thanks to data from NASA’s K2 mission, an international team of scientists, led by Andrew Mayo of the National Space Institute at the Technical University of Denmark have recently discovered 95 more exoplanets.
From a list of some 275 candidates, the researchers validated 149 of them as actual exoplanets.
According to the research team, it turns out that 95 of these planets are actually new exoplanet discoveries.
This boosted the number of confirmed exoplanets found by the K2 mission to nearly 300.
A study detailing the new exoplanet discoveries and validations will be published in the Astronomical Journal.
The K2 mission was developed by NASA after serious technical problems with the Kepler spacecraft in 2012 and 2013 threatened to end its continued operation.
So instead of giving up NASA proposed a modification and extension of its mission and called it K2 which has been operating since 2014 and continues to be a valuable tool for finding new planets beyond our own solar system.