August 26th, 2010
01:36 PM ET

NASA announces discovery of 2 new planets

An artist's rendering shows two Saturn-sized planets discovered by NASA’s Kepler mission.

NASA has announced the discovery of two planets, slightly smaller than Saturn, orbiting the same star in the Milky Way, which have been discovered by the Kepler Space Telescope.

William Borucki, the Kepler Mission Science Principal Investigator, at the NASA Ames Research Center, announced on a teleconference "the first discovery of multiple planets orbiting the same star."

The two planets, known as Kepler 9B and 9C, have a clear gravitational interaction, according to NASA.

A third celestial body, has also been discovered. It's about 1.5 times the size of Earth, but it has not yet, been confirmed as a planet.

"The discovery incorporates seven months of observations of more than 156,000 stars as part of an ongoing search for Earth-sized planets outside our solar system," NASA said in a press release.

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  1. MUHAMMAD ARIF

    USE THE SAME MONEY TO BRING PEACE,HORMONY,RESPECT,TO FIGHT SHORTAGE OF FOOD,R&D TO FIGHT DISEASES,EDUCATION,TO FIGHT TERRORISM AND TOLERANCE ON EARTH-THE GIFT OF GOD.MAY GOD FORGIVES US AND BRING PEACE ON EARTH.

    August 27, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • science rules

      No, spend more money on securing a better future for all humanity. I think discovering the Americas was a better investment than war and the rest of the budget of the old world.

      November 3, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. takanotwo

    Two unnecessary commas, CNN? Really? I am appalled.

    August 27, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Larry Scott

    NASA can find two planets outside the solar system but they cannot find Planet X which has been INSIDE the solar system since 2003?

    And before you say Planet X is a myth, please realize that MANY people have seen it with their own eyes, there are now many pictures of it taken by ordinary people on the internet, and there are MANY pictures of Planet X taken by NASA, SOHO, JPL and LASCO telescopes and other instruments above the earth. What? You have not seen these pictures? That is right: The biggest cover up in history is going on now, all so that YOU do not learn the truth and prepare before it is too late. (No need to worry about the power elite: They have made their bunkers and stocked them with 20 years' of supplies already.)

    August 27, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. billy

    Why would they cover up the existence of a planet X? Planet X was first thought up because of uranus had an orbit that couldn't be explained at the time. However currently we have found the explanation for this not involving a planet. Also yours trying to say that people have taken pictures of this? The planet is to far away

    August 27, 2010 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. deborah

    hola,buenas a todos soy una canaria interesada en todo esto ,, pues la verdad es algo que nos interesa a todos y sobre todo a nuestros hijos y para mi es nuevo estos dos planetas que estan serca de una estrella porque si no fuera por la nasa nadie se enteraria lo que podria ver ,no lo creo, creo que por mi parte felicito a todos aquellos que dejan su piel por darnos la iformaccion que realmente por mi parte valoro no se de que se podrian reir cuando la mayoria de nosotros los humanos sabemos lo que pasa por ellos por lo menos lo que pasa fuera de esta nuesta tierra porque la otra mayoria se hacen o son tontos creo que han hecho un bonito y brillante descubrimiento y si ahy vida aqui porque no la podria ver fuera en el el universo porque al fin y al cabo es infinito a mi me gustaria la verdad que me gustaria llegar a ver todos o la mayoria de los decubrimientos que isieran estoy olgullosa de tener gente como la NASA que nos ayude a entender y comprender porque estamos y para que estamos en la tierra ? creo que por mi parte estan haciendo un trabajo maravilloso y espero que algun dia tenga la suerte de ver a mis hijos estudiar el universo y la gasaxia con estos dos nuevos planetas GRACIAS DE TODO CORAZON pues como mismo digo que la fotos esta presiosa me a gustado mucho y si yo creo que se piso la luna porque deveria dudarlo cuando somos n realidad inteligentes A LA NASA LE DESEO MI MAS SINSERO QUERER Y QUE NOS AYUDE CADA DIA A SABER MAS DE TODO LO QUE REALMENTE NOS RODEA ,,,,,,,,,BESOS

    October 1, 2010 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Ruisu

    Cool Planet :D ..
    Ohh NASA please do your best to find a planet which has an ability to sustain life .. :D

    October 28, 2010 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Veronica

    "The first discovery of multiple planets orbiting the same star."
    Um... don't all the planets in our solar system orbit the sun? And isn't the sun a star?
    Or does that quote not mean what I think it means?

    October 28, 2010 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Amber

      LOL. I thought the same exact thing when I was reading that! I was so confused!
      But I think they just mean OTHER than our solar system. XD

      October 28, 2010 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Johnna

    Very exciting and worth the cost!

    November 2, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Andromedan

    Yes, NASA, we know there are many planets out there but when are you going to stop jerking us around and tell us about the extraterrestrials out there? Some of us have seen their craft at close range, so you cant go on with this charade forever. It is better to be truthful and inform the people of their existence, just in case a ship lands unexpectedly, which could cause a dangerous panic if folks are unprepared and ignorant. The people deserve to know the truth and to be prepared for contact beforehand!

    November 7, 2010 at 1:32 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Miles

    Reading most of these comments hurt my brain people are so ignorant. Trying to find life on another planet is a waste of tax payers money? Do you have a brain? Humans strive to know if we are the only ones out there and since the first caveman walked the earth he lived to discover and learn. It's natural instant to explore, now tell me how is that a waste of money?

    December 8, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Tay

    Hi I'm 13 and I want to be an astronomer when I grow up and I am not quite sure that I don't really believe most of the stuff people say NASA found or did or discovered is true all these so called planets or what they decide to call them is fake this us a list of planets they socalled discovered kepler 9b ,9c,planet x,Trujillo,

    March 22, 2011 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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