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. Lisa in San Jose

    I'm confused. I thought that they'd just discovered a system with 7 planets using the 'wobble method' recently. So a two-planet system is news for being more planets, but not for being a multi-planet system. Unless this is the first such system discovered by the orbital-transit method?
    Unless some radical new technology comes along, all extra-solar planet discoveries will be in the Milky Way, since that is our home galaxy and the only stars close enough for us to detect planets are 'in the Milky Way' along with us.
    No offense, CNN, but it sounds like the person who wrote this article isn't very science literate. They seemed to have focused on the wrong details about what would make this announcement 'special' among announcements of new planet discoveries (good grief, is that sort of news already *routine*....?)

    August 26, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • ddude64

      "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.

      Looks like they went with the "EARTH-SIZED" buzz word for this articale Lisa. ;-(

      August 26, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brrr in Alaska

      I agree, why is this news? We already know there are other planets in the universe out side our solar system. Finding another planet these days really isn't new news. Saturn size planets can be ruled out for human colonization due to gravity alone. It will be news when we find earth sized planets in habitable zones around their own stars.

      August 26, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • stargazer

      The newsworthiness is that it's the first time multiple planets have been found with the TRANSITING method used by Kepler. A transit is like a mini-eclipse, which means this solar system is edge-on from our point of view. That's pretty cool, but yes, this science writer isn't all that science-literate. Given that the press conference ended less than 20 minutes ago (as of my writing), it's clear the writer was determined to get the pretty picture out without any vetting.

      August 26, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mallory Simon

      Lisa in San Jose,
      I believe you may be thinking about the discovery made by ESO's HARPs instrument - which is slightly different. You
      can read about it here:

      http://www.eso.org/public/news/eso1035/

      August 26, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • cille

      It's exciting to know more of our Universe !! Brilliancy in the finding !

      August 26, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • PlayAlongWithNasa

      Lisa... sshhh!!!... quiet.... play along.... Nasa is trying to justify its existence after squandering TRILLIONS of taxpayer dollars regurgitating circa 1940's primitive "bottle rocket" technology for the past 60 years... with little else to show for it... instead of engaging raw talented minds and energy to develop quantam particle reflection technology (elctro-magnetic anti-gravity theory).

      So, shhhsshh.... let them say, "12 planets found by watching wobble" or "2 planets and an unknown thing seen by a large telescope"... they need more funding. It's funding time. Budget time.

      So, this "news" is a SEND MORE MONEY ASAP campaign orchestrated by a bunch of lazy trust-fund brats who attended college for 15-20 years to collect useless PHDs in things we'll never see or benefit from.

      "Thanks Nasa". With spenders like you... who needs "an economic future?" That is my opinion.

      August 26, 2010 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      I'm really confused!!!! I thought the Earth was still flat and the center of the universe 🙂

      August 26, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lee S

      Hey Lisa,

      Dont be confused. This is an entirely new method of discovering planets that will allow us to incorporate data from things like the HARP instrument. The Kepler method of observing will allow us to shine more light on the way planets are formed and move into position in their respective orbits to achieve balance in a solar system such as ours. Basically now we will be able to determine the actual size, mass, and density of exo-solar planets. The density is the crucial part. without visual evidence of these exo-solar planets this is the only way we will be able to tell if a planet we find soon is really "earth like" Americas general understanding and almost mistrust of modern science is confusing. These are the people whom have shaped our modern world. Why would they be trying to lie to us or deceive us. The reason for lack of comprehension is not NASA's fault its the public's own ignorance and arrogance that science is like some magic genie bottle you just rub. Some advancements will take lifetimes.....

      August 26, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • chris

      @ PlayAlongWithNasa so i guess mechanical engineering, aeronautic engineering, electrical engineering, astrophysics, physics, civil engineering, geology, geophysics...to name a few are all useless degrees? i guess PhD's in these fields haven't lead to too many of the inventions which you use all the time in your everyday life. i mean advancements in computers, airplanes, medicine, agriculture, energy and practically every aspect of your life.... you really think those fields have had little impact from those majors........if so your next shift @ 7/11 couldn't come soon enough

      August 26, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Curtis

      Eventually we're going to accidentally run into the zerg home world and then swarms of zerglings and hydralisks are going to come infest our planet. The end is near

      August 26, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      There is a much better and more informative article on this over at MSNBC.

      August 26, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Luke

      Dave in Kansas – You are the funniest person on earth. I can't believe how awesome you are. You must have been voted class clown for sure. Oh man...I can't stop slapping my leg. WOW!. I mean, that's some insightful intel right there. Phew...oh man! Hey, wanna talk science by the way? No? Sigh.

      August 26, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paulie

      This story isnt that sensational. There are other Earth sized planets 100s of light years away. Big whoop. We sort of suspected it way before Star Trek back in the 60s.

      August 26, 2010 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bril

      Yes I'm confused by this a bit as well. There are nearly 500 known exoplanets now. Get the "Exoplanet" app for the iPhone. It let's you know when new ones are discovered, which is pretty often.

      August 26, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      it is an important part of human nature to be inquisitive and to expand our knowledge of the universe that we live in. Can you imagine what would have happened if we had quit when the known world was the Middle east or when most people thought that the world was flat. The amount of money that we spend on science is insignificant compared to the amount of money that we spend on paper shuffling bureaucracy that was created by useless politicians who continuously add laws to make themselves feel important. It is sad that the we still spend a majority of our resources on shuffling paper and finding new ways to kill each other rather than things that will benefit all mankind like scientific research.

      August 26, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brandon T

      Lisa, you are right in some ways, wrong in others. I'm an astronomer doing research on a similar mission. Borucki was CERTAINLY misquoted by the author of this very poorly written article - I know him and know that isn't what he said. He probably said that it was either the first clearly gravitationally-interacting system, the first system with planets detected through such interactions, or the first system with multiple transiting planets. On the other hand.... Kepler was designed with the goal of detecting Earth around the Sun, and is capable of detecting even smaller planets around smaller stars or with shorter "years".

      August 26, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • monobot

      The article is 5 paragraphs each of about 2-3 sentences. This is hardly an informative article by any standards, but keep in mind it doesn't have anything to do with Lindsay Lohan either.

      August 26, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eye_C_It_Now

      Look, I can see TWO new planets out my window. Oh no, it's not Russia..

      August 26, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tam Tam

      No silly... they are looking for "Earth sized objects"... i.e. planets that could possibly support life.

      You are correct, they did find planets using the "wobble" method but, since smaller planets have less of a gravitational pull on stars, it is much more difficult to determine an actual system with possible life. It's pretty huge actually! Now if we could only figure out a way to get there without taking a few millennia.

      August 26, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Johnny Salami

      Yo, babe, you have some very pertinent questions. However, I'm totally wrecked so I can't figure out what they are.

      August 26, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Charell Williams

      I agree Lisa. I was waiting all morning for this announcement and it's totally anti-climatic. However, there are some readers who know nothing about this and it may be exciting news to them. That's why I like when Master Kan says to Caine, the world through my eyes is different than a view of the world from your eyes. Lisa, you sound cool. How about a cup of Java.

      August 26, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Charell Williams

      I agree Lisa. I was waiting all morning for this announcement and it's totally anti-climactic. However, there are some readers who know nothing about this and it may be exciting news to them. That's why I like when Master Kan says to Caine, the world through my eyes is different than a view of the world from your eyes. Lisa, you sound cool. How about a cup of Java.

      August 26, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Evan

      What they failed to mention that makes this announcement special is these planets could host earthlike moons (like the moon in Avatar).

      August 26, 2010 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      You're exactly right Lisa. Most of this article is completely wrong. See the NASA press release for the real facts:
      http://www.nasa.gov/centers/ames/news/releases/2010/10-73AR.html

      August 26, 2010 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • h9

      hello, i like pi.

      August 26, 2010 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • KidCanada

      This is part of the Keplar mission. The wobble technique has been proven to be rather ineffective, although it works in the larger systems, but in a single planetary systems or systems with little mass it doesn't. The luminosity reduction method will find it all within the sweet spot they are looking for, unless it's an asteroid!

      August 26, 2010 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      Yeah...confusing because they have discovered several multi-planet systems...maybe it's the first one discovered by Kepler? Ah...CNN...reliable reporting if ever there was any.

      August 27, 2010 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
    • darkangelx

      I'd rather hear about 2 new planets found than Tiger wood's love life ANY day of the week.

      Science > stupid crap on his planet.

      August 27, 2010 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
    • jayman419

      The BBC reported a team using gravitational lensing to detect a planet in Andromeda, but because lensing events usually only happen once, we can't go back and look at it again. And Erin Mentuch, a grad student at the University of Toronto, used data from the Gemini Deep Deep Survey to detect protoplanetary discs.

      But you're correct about the rest of it. The French team positively identified 5 planets, and suspect 2 others, using the wobble method. This Kepler discovery is the first time that multiple planets have been confirmed orbiting around the same star using the transit method. but even that's only technically correct, because there are 5 other candidate systems suspected of having multiple planets within the same data set. Those other 5 systems have yet to be confirmed by independent analysis, however. This system has a third object which is yet to be confirmed as a planet, as well.

      But I think the mistake was William Borucki's, rather than the intern who copapasted this. Given the French team's recent announcement, it's possible Borucki was unaware of their results.

      August 27, 2010 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  2. Nick

    They found more than just those two circling that star.

    August 26, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • PlayAlongWithNasa

      Yes, for TRILLIONS spent we now know THERE ARE OTHER PLANETS IN THE UNIVERSE! Whoppeee!!!! How about some job stimulus? How about some technological innovation? How about a justice system that isn't full of dishonesty and fraud? How about "here on Earth?" NASA's a scam. That is my opinion.

      August 26, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      The Kepler mission cost all of $600 million and is our absolute best shot at finding Earth-like planets in our vicinity. Which is great if we want to know where to look for other life in the galaxy, or if we want to scout out a potential new home in case anything happens to the one basket that humanity's eggs are in now.

      People like you endanger the entire human species.

      August 26, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jessica, Grand Rapids MI

      PlayAlongWithNasa – you're my favorite type of crazy: STUPID! stuff people like you say just gives me hours of entertainment!

      August 26, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • JerryAW

      To Play Along With NASA:
      You said, among other things – "How about some technological innovation?" How do you think they were able to accomplish this feat, by reading Tarot cards? Do you even know what you're talking about? If we had never had a space program (like you and so many others seem to wish), you would not be enjoying the benefits of their research & development. There would be no computers, as we know them,certainly no cell phones, definitely no GPS (they do rely on satellites), and any other things that require miniaturization. Many recent medical advances would not exist. I could go on and on. I completely agree that the money spent by NASA could be used to solve many of the world's other problems, but there is no guarantee that it would be used that way, even if it were available. Personally, I'd rather see the money spent on wars being used to solve the world's problems, but that would probably never happen, either. Why don't we all just learn to appreciate the advances that our society has made, where we can?

      August 26, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jessica, Grand Rapids MI

      John – I think discovery is great, but I dont like the premiss of "if we want to find another home" idea. This planet has been here for arguably billions of years...and while it's entirely possible that it will be inhospitable in the next 500 years, its not likely. Which begs the next question – lets assume we never, ever find another planet that WE can live on (even if other beings can live there). Is it all worth it, when all that money COULD have been spent trying to figure out how to keep this planet alive and well? It's a valid debate – is our money better spent understanding THIS planet so that we can maximize its life and our existence on it, or better spent exploring the far reaches of space – then trying to learn all about that new planet, since we didnt care so much about this one to learn about it. I just find it odd that so many people find it valid to spend such a great deal of money just "looking" for another planet like ours to exist – thats not even money spent learning about that planet once we find it (if we ever do)...and meanwhile, we spend very little understanding this planet. Why?

      August 26, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bril

      @Jessica: lol @ arguably billions of years old.

      Not arguable by anyone with a brain. So I guess you're technically right. There are lots of creationist zombies around.

      August 26, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Me

      @PlayAlongWithNasa
      I have a solution for you, go get an education and then seek employment as NASA (you sound like you have things all figured out so you should be smart enough to pull it off). Quite asking for a stimulus money handout.

      August 26, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • sfsfsgss

      @PlayAlongWithNasa

      ummm we spent trillions on our military u dumarze. u should be taken out of the gene pool if you are against funding science, our technology is advancing too slow because of people like you.

      a common hard labor worker you are.

      August 26, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aloisae

      Jessica.. you are setting up a false dichotomy. You are assuming that NASA does not contribute to finding out more about Earth.

      For example, most of the technology (and many of the actual satellites) used for tracking things like hurricanes, volcanoes, etc. was developed by or for NASA. They've been involved with alternative energy research some of which has gone main stream (they made some important advancements in solar energy collection and storage, for example). Their research in human nutritional requirements and plant growth have helped combat nutritional deficites in various populations. There have also been medical advances (especially in screening processes) that originated or were made viable at NASA or using NASA technology.

      And those are just a handful of things I can thing of off the top of my head.

      Keep in mind that PlayALongWithNASA is exaggerating. We have NOT spent trillions of dollars on NASA. Even if you add up the budgets from 1958 until today, it is still less than a single trillion dollars (and the period of really heavy spending was back in the 1960's when we were working up to and on the moon launches). If you look at the jobs and tax revenue raised and add in the various scientific discoveries with applications that extend beyond NASA... compared to a lot of our federal budget it isn't a bad investment.

      August 26, 2010 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • BALLZ

      hey PlayAlongWithNasa – suck it up, we may need another planet one day considering the way were going

      August 27, 2010 at 7:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Bman

      @jessica Grandrapids:
      'you're my favorite type of crazy: STUPID!'
      What if we just want to get as far away as possible from crazy stupid people like you? why should we and our children's children be perenially stuck on the same planet with narrow minded shutterblinded people who can't smell their own doodoo?

      August 27, 2010 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  3. docliptz

    Son I am confus

    August 26, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Of course you are... go back to your video games and gambling. Or better yet, why don't you continue to let your pets soil your rugs while you finish your 30 pack of Natty? K. bai.

      August 26, 2010 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Nicola Facciolini

    Great Job, Kepler ! But we want esoplanet light analysis...

    August 26, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • SteveM

      Esoplanet? Is that a planet made of Esso gasoline? LOL

      August 26, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Riley

    Very exciting! I listed the the NASA stream. Granted, I didn't understand half the terminology, it was still pretty cool.

    August 26, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Me

      @PlayAlongWithNasa
      Buddy, calm down. Your rants make you sound like you are an unemployed person with no degree that truly believes its everyone else’s fault.

      August 26, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. donna

    They need to work on finding more planets here at home in our own solar system, rather than traipsing all over the universe.

    August 26, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      I sure hope you're joking.

      August 26, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      silly ignorant commentator, the Milky Way is our galaxy. The band of stars you see at night called the "milky way" is an arm of our own galaxy which is in a spiral shape.

      August 26, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Papa Mike

      Donna there are only 9 planets in our solar system, and we've known for years that none can support human life. I think you're just a bit confused. Our solar system is part of the Milky Way Galaxy, and it's hundreds of light years across, so we have plenty of space in OUR galaxy to find other 'earth like' planets.

      August 26, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Helpless Critic

      I hope this is a joke. We know with exact precision the number of planets in our solar system....we've also determined that none of the ones in our system can support life as we know it without technological advances. Expanding this search to our galaxy (the next-closest frame of reference) is the only way we will find habitable planets, extra-terrestrial life forms, additional elements/minerals, or resources to support life.

      August 26, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • holly

      LOL what?

      August 26, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Algae

      What!

      August 26, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Doug

      You think there are more planets in our own solar system besides the 8 we already know about? And they have evaded detection somehow?

      August 26, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      I think we need to work more on trying to get it to rain from the Oort Cloud instead of traipsing all over the universe.

      August 26, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • lee

      I'm pretty sure we know how many planets are in our own solar system lol especially since we can detect planets around stars hundreds of light years away. There are not any more Donna. Just dwarf planets out in the kuiper belt like pluto and they are still finding more of them I beleive.

      August 26, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Trey

      @Papa – There are 8 planets in our solar system! Pluto was ostracized for it's puny mass. The other planets excluded it and gave it an inferiority complex. :p

      August 26, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • gus

      Papa mike,

      There are actually eight planets and three dwarf planets in our solar system as of now. Pluto, 2003UB 313, and the asteroid Ceres which meets the requirements of a dwarf planet.

      http://www.universetoday.com/15568/how-many-planets-are-in-the-solar-system/

      August 26, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hans

      Well, we already know everything about planets in our solar system.

      August 26, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mordred

      I have trapised your universe, pray i do not trapise it any further.

      August 26, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Luke

      donna – HA, wow, that made my day. Thanks Donna. I was having a roughy until now. But you managed to brighten my day. I think I'll go to youtube now and search for "dumb people falling down" to top it off.

      August 26, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      NASA's yearly funding in 2004 was 15.4 billion. That's 1.5% of $1 trillion dollars.

      The DoJ has a budget of 17.5 billion.

      NASA's budget may someday save humanity.

      August 26, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kirk

      PlayAlongWithNASA...you're just as stupid as Donna. Stop complaining about NASA, the justice system, etc. and starting complaining about the crappy education you and Donna received.

      August 26, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Algae

      This really is one of the funniest threads.

      August 26, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • veggiedude

      Actually, there are 1000's of 'planets' in our solar system but there are smaller than pluto, and even pluto is now declassified as a true planet. Possibility of life on a moon of Saturn is a real possibility but we need robots to go there to find out for sure. Robots are cheap and plentiful and can gather plenty of scientific research, a good reason to end manned space flights.

      August 26, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aloisae

      Maybe Donna meant to say we should focus on finding out more about the planets in our solar system?

      While I don't see the goals as mutually exclusive (and our explorations outside of our solar system are so far confined to activities within our solar system as opposed to "traipsing about the universe"), there is still plenty to find out about the planets nearer to home and in terms of actually travelling in space at some point in the (presumably still far off) future, it does seem to be a logical step before venturing further afield.

      August 26, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yupps

      you do realize, that they have searched, researched, and searched again multiple times for the past God knows how long in our own solar system, and that there are no other planets around us immediately that can support our kind of life. you should probably get to know our solar system and see the already known facts about it before you make suggestions.

      August 26, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • yep

      Okay, this is just funny. One person says we know with certainty that there are 9 planets in our solar system. Another contends for 8. Yet another, 10. So what is it exactly that we are so certain about here?

      August 26, 2010 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • stephen

      geez back off the poor woman for god sakes, so she got her terminology wrong why not just give her the correct information why ya gotta be a dick about it.

      August 26, 2010 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ddude64

    So we give these guys millions to discover planets we will never see or visit in our lifetime. How's that deficit going congress? Pull the funding on the Moon missions but fund the research that teases the rest of the population. We have it backwards. Fund the stuff we can go and do, no the stuff we can never go to...

    August 26, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robbie

      Sounds a lot like the lottery to me. We hope to find intelligent life out there to send a vessel to us and rescue the rich.

      August 26, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • picturethisifyouwill

      Because finding life on another planet will completely re-arrange our priorities and turn us into universal looking species instead of a narrow-minded, dominated by the belief that we are all knowing, all important and created by an invisible bearded man in the sky.

      August 26, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • SteveM

      Shallow minded people will never understand the benefits of science.

      August 26, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ernst Rohm

      So the current administration is responsible for the space budget? Idiot Jr. never squandered money on it? Nor those before him? On the bright side, maybe we can name the planets 'Palin' and 'Beck'.

      Oh, and as for the moon? There's nothing there.

      August 26, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fredwertham

      To anyone complaining about funding for stuff like this: NASA's budget is PEANUTS compared to other things the government funds. The Kepler mission costs less than a couple of fighter jets, which are virtually useless since we haven't been at war with anyone with an effective air force in ages and likely won't be for some time. But you don't complain every time several billion dollars are spent on military equipment that is never going to be used. As for spending the money solving other problems: newsflash, we already do. the government is big, and is fully capable of funding multiple worthwhile endeavors simultaneously, Not to mention, while you may think information like this is useless to your everyday lives, funding for NASA has led to the development of countless technologies you DO use every day, like your cell phone.

      August 26, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      Imagine if Columbus thought the same way.

      August 26, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bryan

      "ddude" you're an idiot. If we invested in only the things we can presently do, nothing would be produced/experienced in the future... hence the need for forward thinking. If you're not poor and bitter, than you're just an idiot who hates the government. I agree that we are not allocating our resources correctly, but we need these type of investments to develop productive futures. Act intelligent, or don't comment at all.

      August 26, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rich

      We spend 23% of our budget on department of defense. We spend 20% on social security. We spend 19% on medicare and medicaid. NASA is a half of one percent of the national budget, and has provided tons of scientific data that is very important, not to mention many inventions we use every day.

      August 26, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • wrack

      these space probes take YEARS and sometimes DECADES to reach these remote locations. why not study the data the transmit? they're already launched. i suppose you can politicize it if it helps you sleep.

      August 26, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rich

      Additionally, NASA represents a smaller portion of the national budget than it has ever before. It is shrinking more and more, despite its amazing benefits, yet uneducated idiots like yourself keep calling for more reductions without having any insight into what they are asking for.

      August 26, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. AGuest9

    ... and eventually life. That will put those Bible-thumpers in their place...

    August 26, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tina

      Seriously?

      August 26, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Since when does the Bible say there is no life on other planets? Did you know some religions actually have text that claim that God made planets as numerous as the sands and they have life on them (this is not to be read that each planet has life, but rather lots of planets that do have life). The life is no little green men, but humans such as we have here on earth.

      So what are you planning on doing to the bible thumpers?

      August 26, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • ah

      So aguest9, did YOU see these new planets, or do you believe it exists because the NASA boogie men told you so?
      What make that so different for people who believe in a GOD that you have not seen either?

      August 26, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Viperfreak

      More humans? We have a history of war, aggression, hatred, violence. I would not like to visit another planet full of humans. Romulans, Klingons, Ferengi yes. Humans, no thanks.

      August 26, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Earthling

      Yes, seriously. Finding life on other planets is an obvious contradiction to creationism.

      August 26, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • sdsylar

      yea, how exactly are you going to put the "Bible thumpers" in their place ? Id like to know that too

      August 26, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Earthling

      Ah, you simpleton. Visual detection is not the only kind of evidence. Atoms are not visible. Do you doubt their existence?
      Obviously there is some evidence for the existence of these new planets. There is not evidence for the existence of a god. Its very different.

      August 26, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Yeah, that would show them!!! Ummm... what exactly?

      August 26, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rich

      In some respects, there's sense to this. For instance, if man is made in God's image, and yet there are many different kinds of men, clearly different and clearly all made by the same creator, then there seems to be a contradiction. This is not an issue for those who believe God and science can co-exist, i.e., that things like evolution are evidence of God's work, rather than believing in the supernatural and magical explanations in the Bible if read literally. I don't personally believe in God at all, but those who do will find it increasingly easier to accept science as part and parcel with religion by accepting that the text of the Bible should not be read in a literal way.

      August 26, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • wrack

      it's true. remember what the church did to Galileo for contradicting the bible's notion that the earth was at the center of the universe (geocentric)?

      August 26, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • PlayAlongWithNasa

      bible thumpers? Anti-Goyum? YOU ARE A PROBLEM TO OUR FREE SOCIETY. ANTI-GOY BOY. Enough already. We've had enough of you. RUN. HIDE. That is my opinion.

      August 26, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      News flash .... None of what we are doing will find life out there. It does not indicate it does not exist. We are only measuring the existence of planets from seeing the gravitational effects that they have on stars that we can see. Even our most powerful radio and TV signals are reduced to background noise within 2.5 light years. No one in another solar system will be able to detect us either unless they have technology that is beyond anything we have even dreamed of.

      How do you believe that the existence of planets will prove or disprove the existence of god. Not even aliens from other planets visiting us would prove anything about the existence of a god. One of the earliest people to suggest the possibility of intelligent life on other planets was St. Thomas Aquinas, 200 years before Christopher Columbus set out to prove that the world was not flat, and he was canonized a saint by the Catholic Church. Most religions encourage and embrace using science to learn more about the universe that we live in.

      August 26, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • veggiedude

      Well, if we find an advanced civilization greater than our own, it would certainly make us look small in the eyes of god. I mean, for all history man was suppose to be the finest thing god could ever create, made in its image no less.

      August 26, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phil E. Drifter

      I'm with you, AGuest. There is no god, people. Get over it. You are NOT so important that you have some omnipotent, omnipresent fairy tale watching over you every moment of your life who will judge you when you die. It's a coping mechanism to deal with losing loved ones, and the sooner you retards get over it, the better.

      August 27, 2010 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
  9. ProudCanadian

    nuts..... now can we fix this planet first rather than spending money trying to find life on planets we would never have the technology to go to. Scientists well know this and yet they spending trillion of dollars on figuring out space. There are more pressing issues on planet earth like extreme poverty and the looming disasters that will be by climate change!!!

    August 26, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      If it's money you're concerned about, you're barking up the wrong tree. NASA's 2010 budget of $17.9 Billion is only 0.52% of the Federal Budget. If you want to find a place to cut, I suggest you check out the US Department of Defense and their $667 Billion / 20% Federal Budget.

      August 26, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • SosYourMom

      What do YOU do for a living? Does your job directly fix the planet? If not, then why aren't you working to directly fix the planet?

      August 26, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • SteveM

      Matt – Absolutely, Wall Street fat-cats get more money in bonuses each year than NASA spends in 10 years.

      August 26, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • SteveM

      And it's none of your business anyway if you're Canadian.

      August 26, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rich_nyc

      Yes but they pay taxes on that money which goes to fund worthless programs like NASA.

      August 26, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fredwertham

      "Trillions" of dollars? You have no idea what you're talking about. NASA's budget is less than $20 billion. The bank bailout alone was close to a trillion.

      August 26, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Korgri

    Bad teaser earlier in the day re this article, poor showmanship making ti sound like NASA is gonna announce earth size planets/ersatz. You guys take a cue from PT Barnum and Steve Jobs once in a while maybe. Otherwise a person (or news outlet) comes across like Ballmer, daft; self delusional/aggrandizing. yoiks...

    August 26, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Stan

    The same star that is more than 100 light years from us, lol, we can barely dream of reaching Alpha Centauri (about 4.5 light years from us), or even commence another mission to the moon over here, and you expect me to be excited about planets that are over 100 light years from us, is this a joke or what??? or its just NASA trying to make themselves relevant admidst these harsh economic times to avoid cuts in funding from the government of a people that no longer view science as a priority, and would rather squabble over a Mosque.

    August 26, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • SteveM

      It's simply saying that there are earth-sized planets out there around other stars. That knowledge by itself is sensational. Although everyone pretty much knew that already, unfortunately we've only had the technology to detect really big planets until recently, this is just a confirmation of a "suspected" earth-sized planet, but that's what's exciting. Not whether we can go there, just that it exists.

      August 26, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Azurite

    Found them In the Milky Way, did they? What a coincidence so did I. I call them Earth & Venus. I've heard rumors there may be more.

    How about hiring some staff with a little more familiarity with the subject? Not disparaging NASAs efforts – it's a great discovery. Just think it's poor reporting.

    August 26, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mike

    Lisa, it's you who don't have a clue. We have infact found planets outside the milky way galaxy. Using microlensing, planets have been detected as far away as the Andromeda galaxy. So before you get so critical, maybe a little research of your own would do some good? no? maybe? huh.

    August 26, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • ProudCanadian

      Mike, wake up... lets fix our home first...oh I forgot we are a throw away society.

      August 26, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • SteveM

      That's ridiculous, show me a link that verifies that. We can barely detect planets around stars more than 100 light years away. What crackpot website did you get that from?

      August 26, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Stevejj

    Wow 2 new planets!! We have a telescope that can find 2 far far away planets, yet we can't see the flags on the moon from our "Moon Landings". Why??? BECAUSE WE'VE NEVER BEEN TO THE MOON PEOPLE!! I know one thing has nothing to do with another, but it's just funny how people think we went to the moon because they told us so.

    August 26, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Papa Mike

      Put the hooka down Steve. We've been to the moon dude, and will go to Mars soon as well. By the way the Earth is round, and revolves around the sun. You gonna be okay?

      August 26, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Greendrakos

      so you expect to be able to see a flag on the moon from your personal telescope? would you also expect to see your home from the moon?? i sure would hope not

      August 26, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      The reason why is because planets are a little bigger than footprints, hence they are a little easier to see.

      August 26, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • JB

      yes, all those people who watch the rocket take off, be followed by ground based telescopes, tracked by nations all over the planet, watched on television, return, have the materials, photos, and lunar capsule returned, and have all the equipment (refractors, lenses, reflectors – for laser monitoring), all were faked... good work school systems of America – another fool has left the building...

      August 26, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sir Guest-a-Lot

      Who told you that? Bigfoot?

      August 26, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Earthling

      Its so easy to use your own logic against you. You really believe we HAVENT been to the moon, simply because somebody told you so?

      August 26, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • qwerty allstar

      yeah i dont think that we have been to the moon either.

      August 27, 2010 at 7:42 am | Report abuse |
  15. dizzy

    You are right Lisa, Star HD 10180 has 5-7 planets around it. This post seems to be out of sync with current news.

    http://blogs.nationalgeographic.com/blogs/news/breakingorbit/2010/08/new-solar-system-planets-harps.html

    August 26, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
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