NASA announces over 1,200 new planets have been identified by the Kepler telescope

Posted at 1:19 PM, May 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-13 13:18:24-04

HOUSTON - Remember the good old days in grade school when you could count the number of planets on your fingers?

Well, thanks to a new finding from NASA's Kepler telescope, you're gonna need a lot more fingers now.

Yeah, NASA says the telescope zeroed in on 4,300 potential planets!

Out of all those celestial bodies, 1,284 have been positively identified as planets.

That's more than double the number of confirmed planets previously found by the Kepler telescope, and that "telly" has been out in space now for over seven years.

Plus, there are still 1,300 more planetary bodies that NASA could declare as planets, but they just need a little more study.

The planets are located about 40 light-years away, so basically, in 'a galaxy far, far away.'

And also among the discovery, are three new earth-sized "exo-planets."

So what does this new finding mean for Pluto?

You know, the notorious dwarf planet that nobody seems to give much respect?

Well, Pluto might already have a name, but looks like the other new planets are going to get all the attention.

Keep trying, Pluto!