Kepler team confirms 26 more planets
The relative sizes of Kepler-discovered planets (pre-January in red, January in green, unverified in purple) and our solar system's planets (blue).
January 26th, 2012
07:44 PM ET

Kepler team confirms 26 more planets

Scientists' list of verified planets is now more than two dozen planets longer, thanks to NASA's Kepler space telescope team.

The Kepler mission has discovered 11 new planetary systems with 26 verified planets in the Cygnus and Lyra constellations, NASA said Thursday.

This nearly triples the number of verified multiple-planet stars that the Kepler mission has discovered, now standing at 17. And it nearly doubles the number of verified planets it has discovered, which now is 61.

Before the Kepler satellite was launched in 2009, scientists knew about perhaps 500 planets outside our solar system "across the whole sky," said Doug Hudgins, Kepler program scientist at NASA.

"Now, in just two years staring at a patch of sky not much bigger than your fist, Kepler has discovered more than 60 planets and more than 2,300 planet candidates," Hudgins said in a news release. "This tells us that our galaxy is positively loaded with planets of all sizes and orbits."

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  1. Claud

    Sure. Anyway, I think there is life similiar to ours out there.

    January 26, 2012 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. BOMBO ©

    You're probably right Claud, but I doubt we'll ever make contact.

    January 26, 2012 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      What makes you think they want to contact us?
      I'd be looking at this ball of confusion and saying "No, thanks!"

      (Yeah, that was a nod to The Temps,)

      January 26, 2012 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Philip

    Thank goodness we captured Nazi Wernher Von Braun and his his hundreds of Nazi helpers. NASA officials refer to Von Braun as "the father of NASA". we know he and his helpers were war criminals, because we have documents showiing his plan was to arm his V-2 rocket with biological and chemical warheads, a war crime. Nazi Bayer AG was working on a viral weapon at their corporate concentration camp. This viral program and the men running it were also captured, and continued their research with Congressional funding. Google 'secret viral cancer program dr.cantwell' and read all about it. This secret program ran from 1964-1979, consumed 50,000 African chimpanzees per year, and included experimenting on gay men. The program ebded as soon as AIDS was discovered. Laugh all you want, 'tis true.

    January 26, 2012 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Philip

    Thank goodness we captured Nazi Wernher Von Braun and his his hundreds of Nazi helpers. NASA officials refer to Von Braun as "the father of NASA". we know he and his helpers were war criminals, because we have documents showiing his plan was to arm his V-2 rocket with biological and chemical warheads, a war crime. Nazi Bayer AG was working on a viral weapon at their corporate concentration camp. This viral program and the men running it were also captured, and continued their research with Congressional funding. Google 'secret viral cancer program dr.cantwell' and read all about it. This secret program ran from 1964-1979, consumed 50,000 African chimpanzees per year, and included experimenting on gay men. The program ended as soon as AIDS was discovered. Laugh all you want, 'tis true.

    January 26, 2012 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Philip

    Also among the nazis captured and brought back to the Sates were hundreds of scientists, machinists, engineers, etc. that were building flying saucers for Germany...thousands of them. US war strategists called them "foo fighters", and actually had to develop ways of dealing with them. Youcan Youtube 'nazi flying saucers' and see literally hours and hours of video documentaries showing this all to be be true. Several even show Hitler himself inspecting flying saucers. Even the facilities where they were manufactured were dismantled and brought back, then reconstructed at various underground facilities built during the Cold War. That was a Nazi BMW model J-38 saucer that the FBI found crashed near Roswell, NM/Area 51. It was powered by 12 jet engines. (that's 12 more than than the USA had until after the war) cont.

    January 26, 2012 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Philip

    I know this for a fact ,because my chimp partner and I both contraced AIDS. We have been spreading it for twenty years now.

    January 26, 2012 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Philip

    Also among the nazis captured and brought back to the Sates were hundreds of scientists, machinists, engineers, etc. that were building flying saucers for Germany...hundreds of them. US war strategists called them "foo fighters", and actually had to develop ways of dealing with them. Youcan Youtube 'nazi flying saucers' and see literally hours and hours of video documentaries showing this all to be be true. Several even show Hitler himself inspecting flying saucers. Even the facilities where they were manufactured were dismantled and brought back, then reconstructed at various underground facilities built during the Cold War. That was a Nazi BMW model J-38 saucer that the FBI found crashed near Roswell, NM/Area 51. It was powered by 12 jet engines. (that's 12 more than than the USA had until after the war) cont.

    January 26, 2012 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    Nice about the whole plANET THING, ISN'T IT?

    January 26, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Dumb phone.

      January 26, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Philip

    Also captured and brought back were hundreds of war Nazi machinists, engineers, scientists, etc. that were building flying saucers. (go ahead and laugh, but it's true and well documented) The facilities where these saucers were being made were dismanted and brought back to the States where they were reconstructed at underground facilities. That saucer found by the FBI near Roswell, NM/area 51 was a NAZI BMW model J-38. It was powered y 12 jets engines. That's 12 more jet engines than the USA had until after the war. (cont)

    January 26, 2012 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Philip

    Youtube 'nazi flying saucers' and watch a few of the shorter videos just so you can see actual film footage of nazi flying saucers flying around in Germany before and during WWII. The Nazi secret flying saucer program, including the nazis who ran it, was also captured and brought back. The FBI actually found a BMW model J-38 saucer near Roswell, NM/Area 51 after the war. It was powered by 12 jet engines. That's 12 more jet engines than the USA had until the nazi machines were captured. (cont)

    January 26, 2012 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy©

    Ken, switch from mobile view to regular view.
    That's what I had to do.
    And, cnn, if you delete this respose to Ken again, please delete the on from ymama, as it is offenseive and has nothing to do with the topic, either.

    January 26, 2012 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Philip

    The only people who believe flying saucers are alien, are the ones who want to believe it. In 2009, several classified 1WII documents were declassified. Among the documents are hundreds that prove how huge this program was. For exapmple, there are several documents from Cheloslovakia after that country was invaded and occupied. The Nazis converted Chekoslovakia's Skoda automobole plant and converted it to build saucers. There are actual bills of lading (legal documents for shipping) showing flying saucers being shipped. One shows a trainload with 237 Skoda flying saucers being shipped via railcar. This really is all true. Why don't you all spend a few minutes at least and check it out?

    January 26, 2012 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Banazi

    You couldn't even trust your next-door neighbor in Nazi Germany. After the Third Reich took control of Germany, German citizens began installing deadbolts on their doors because they could no longer trust one another. The Waffen SS depended mostly on neighbors complaining about each other to make their arrests. Could you imagine that? Needing a dead bolt on your door and worrying about your neighbors informing on you? That must have been horrible.

    January 26, 2012 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pullup

      All the Germans had to do was take some Bayer Aspirin and get in one of their flying saucers. All of those missing children? You really think they are missing? They are being trained in Roswell, NM, along with Jewish women to put the CIA's plan for a NWO into motion. Yay! I get to be Potsy Webber AND Chachi all rolled into one!

      January 26, 2012 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jazzy

    "Now, in just two years staring at a patch of sky not much bigger than your fist, Kepler has discovered more than 60 planets and more than 2,300 planet candidates," Hudgins said in a news release. "This tells us that our galaxy is positively loaded with planets of all sizes and orbits"

    Similarly, is the fist full of sand from a beach. Preferably, a Hawiian beach! ;)

    January 27, 2012 at 3:00 am | Report abuse |
  15. jb

    @ philip: rant much? This is the reason I just bypass all your comments.

    January 27, 2012 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |