An orbiting space telescope launched earlier this year by NASA has spotted five new planets that range in size from about the diameter of Neptune to that of Jupiter—the largest planet in Earth’s solar system.
The so-callled exoplanets are located in distant parts of space, and orbit stars that are hotter and larger than the Sun.
Temperatures on the newly found bodies range from 2,200 to 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit, far too hot to support any form of life known to science. Their orbits range from 3.3 to 4.9 days.
NASA said the discoveries validate the Kepler space telescope mission.
NASA dubbed the planets Kepler 4b, 5b, 6b, 7b, and 8b.
Kepler last year discovered HAT-P-7, another exoplanet that’s about 1,000 light years from Earth.