Nobody mentions this on the page... the audience does know that the NASA scientists believe these exoplanets are formed in disks right? Well, why so many exoplanet finds?
I'll tell you why.
An exoplanet is just an older, evolving star.
It really is that simple. No 8 years of college to figure that one out people.
Every single star in the sky is a young exoplanet. Every one. According to stellar metamorphosis we can directly image exoplanets with our eyes. Yep. Even people with 20/200 vision like myself (without glasses of course) can see Vega or Sirius on a clear night.
Kepler is just finding older exoplanets. The young ones number into the hundreds of billions...
I can beat the Kepler by putting in my contacts... and I can put them to SHAME with a pair of binoculars.
Fact is, the theory determines what you can see, and if the theory is trash like the protoplanetary disk/nebular hypothesis theories are... well then. You know where I'm going with that.