Exoplanet and Candidate Statistics

On this page we have assembled statistics for various categories of confirmed exoplanets and Kepler candidates. All values here come from the Confirmed Planets and KOI Cumulative interactive tables.

The Exoplanet Archive's collection of known exoplanets have been discovered using a variety of methods, and many have been detected using more than one method. The following tables shows the number of planets contained within the Exoplanet Archive whose discovery can be attributed to a particular technique. The criteria by which a planet is included in the Exoplanet Archive may be found on our Exoplanet Criteria page.

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Kepler Mission Counts

Confirmed Planets1
(mission and community)
981
Candidates and Confirmed in Habitable Zone 1, 2
(180 K < Equilibrium (T) < 310 K)
304
Kepler Project Candidates 2 4229
Total Candidates and Confirmed Planets3 4257

1 Confirmed Planets are all planets in the Confirmed Planet table where the planetary signature is present in Kepler data.

2 Kepler Project Candidates are all KOIs marked by the Kepler Project as a CANDIDATE in the KOI Cumulative table. This includes planets that have been confirmed or validated.

3 Total Candidates and Confirmed Planets is the union of the Confirmed Planets and KOI Cumulative data sets. Note that some confirmed planets were never designated as candidates.

Kepler Candidate Statistics

R ≤ 1.25 R_Earth 738
1.25 < R ≤ 2 R_Earth 1275
2 < R ≤ 6 R_Earth 1706
6 < R ≤ 15 R_Earth 288
15 R_Earth < R 222