"NASA's Kepler mission announced Wednesday the discovery of 715 new planets. These newly-verified worlds orbit 305 stars, revealing multiple-planet systems much like our own solar system. Nearly 95 percent of these planets are smaller than Neptune, which is almost four times the size of Earth. This discovery marks a significant increase in the number of known small-sized planets more akin to Earth than previously identified exoplanets, which are planets outside our solar system.With newer and better optics in the works, probably more will be found. These finds are just those where the planet passes in front of the star, dimming it slightly. So we only detect planets orbiting in planes which include us. There are, in all probability, planets orbiting in undetectable planes too, possibly many times the number we are detecting now.
"The Kepler team continues to amaze and excite us with their planet hunting results," said John Grunsfeld, associate administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington. "That these new planets and solar systems look somewhat like our own, portends a great future when we have the James Webb Space Telescope in space to characterize the new worlds.”
While all these planets are indeed too far to emigrate to, perhaps that is a good thing; we don't need to be fighting over another one.