NASA Bonanza: How 715 Planets Were Discovered in Kepler Mission

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Bonanza. No…not that. It’s the word NASA is using to describe the recent Kepler mission findings that were announced Wednesday. 715 new planets have been discovered, orbiting 305 stars in what NASA calls “multiple-planet systems much like our own solar system.” What. Previously verified exoplanets, planets that orbit a star outside of our solar system, have generally been the size of Neptune (four times the size of Earth) or larger. One of the more remarkable aspects of this recent discovery is that nearly all of these newly-verified celestial orbs are smaller than Neptune, greatly adding to the number of known smaller planets with a size closer to that of Earth. To help you understand just how monumentally exciting and bonkers this all is, here is an overwhelming infographic:

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Quite the discovery.

This recent discovery made me think of things in planIT HARDWARE terms, as I usually do. We have a bonanza of our own with our recent influx of the HWIC-4ESW, a Cisco High-Speed WAN (wide area network) Interface Card. These little stars are a part of the Cisco router system, and they allow these high-performing routers to really shine with gigabit speeds. Our recent shipment just added a whole slew to our inventory. And here’s this again, just because it’s awesome and space is just like the Wild West: