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. chop from chesapeake

    I JUST PICKED A COUPLE OF WINNERS. I WILL NAME THEM BOOGER 1 AND BOOGER 2

    August 27, 2010 at 2:42 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jim

    We are looking for and hoping to find intelligent life on other planet. I think it is admirable. I am still looking for intelligent life on this planet. Show me an intelligent person and I will show you someone who just less dumb than you.

    NASA and other scientific endeavors are where the bulk of our budget should be going. That is how we will someday evolve into intelligent life on this planet.

    To all the people who think NASA is a waste of money, where do you think a good many of the technologies that we enjoy come from? They do not come from Wall Street or private business (except those that support and are funded by our national scientific endeavors). Looking for other planets is not a waste of time. Maybe we can't go there (yet), but we have to explore our surroundings to learn about ourselves. That does include our surroundings that are very far away. The fact is that we do not have any idea what is possible. Discoveries lead to more discoveries when we dedicate our resources to them. These discoveries light years from our home may not have an immediate direct impact on our daily lives, but the technologies that result from trying probably will eventually and the discoveries will almost definitely have a direct impact on our future generations.

    August 27, 2010 at 4:12 am | Report abuse |
    • rob

      it's life jim, but not as we know it not as we know it not as we know it....................

      November 1, 2010 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
  3. Kajer

    NASA and this artical confuse me.... have all you people seen this...???

    http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/dimitar_sasselov_how_we_found_hundreds_of_potential_earth_like_planets.html

    hundreds and or millions of planets, and earth size at that, are all around us... and in large numbers in our milkyway !!!!
    really confusing artical... this was for me to read

    August 27, 2010 at 7:22 am | Report abuse |
  4. trixen

    two more hot Jupiters... big fat hairy deal

    August 27, 2010 at 7:37 am | Report abuse |
  5. Truth Seeker

    The balance of power is shifting, http://countdowntoextinction2010.blogspot.com/

    August 27, 2010 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
  6. mgwaters88

    who the hell wrote this article? an autistic 10 year old? learn your commas.

    August 27, 2010 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  7. Fallout

    I applaud NASA's varied efforts to continue space exploration, which I consider vital to the future of our race. NASA has always been scrutinized by the close-minded who fail to see the benefits that result from space technologies and discoveries. NASA's critics include many who benefit directly from the products developed for space missions, but ignorantly and arrogantly complain that federal monies for such projects should be relegated to easing insurmountable societal problems like poverty and unemployment. Such problems are largely the result of population growth that will eventually overwhelm the resources of this planet. So, looking at the Big Picture, someone needs to be looking for new places for mankind to expand to and how to live there, before mass starvation, disease, and survival-driven massacres consume our world. Too many don't care about future generations' well being. They figure that since they won't be here, then those concerns aren't worth thinking about. It's a good thing that there are some that are looking ahead to what the future will be like, because it won't be pretty. Maybe we can't reach those other planets yet, but you have to start somewhere, and I think NASA is doing great with what little support they get.

    August 27, 2010 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
  8. Why?

    Can someone please tell me why we are wasting billions of our tax dollars on this?

    August 27, 2010 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
    • science rules

      We're looking for a place to separate ourselves from people like you. To improve our gene pool.

      November 3, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Maggie

    I find many peple who try to discredit the bible never actually take the time to read it. How can people have a strong opinion regarding a book never actually read. I for myself read it constantly and i still can not find anything that contradicts true science. The bible is not a scientific book but whenever it touches on science, it is always correct. For example, for centuries men have thought the the planet was flat until recently but see what the bible says regarding our earth. The bible was written more than 3000 years ago.

    There is One who is dwelling above the circle of the earth, the dwellers in which are as grasshoppers, the One who is stretching out the heavens just as a fine gauze, who spreads them out like a tent in which to dwell, Isaiah 40:22

    He is stretching out the north over the empty place,
    Hanging the earth upon nothing;
    8 Wrapping up the waters in his clouds,
    So that the cloud mass is not split under them Job 26:7,8
    People who were actually reading their bible back then knew for a fact the earth was a circle but not flat.

    August 27, 2010 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
    • dmetzler

      There is also a parable in the Bible about gifts. One of those gifts is the ability to study Gods creation, and to learn to be good stewards of Gods gifts. By rejecting science, you reject one of the gifts of God. You should not be insulted by the fact that God created the things in the Milky Way. Nor should you be insulted that someone would spend time learning about the gifts of God.

      November 8, 2010 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  10. azezel

    So that makes 600 extra solar planets now? Can anyone comprehend just how much natural resources are there?

    August 27, 2010 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  11. plumpymapple

    whoa... I wish those planet really full of life. if the aliens really exist that'll be so great.. we will be good friends or maybe we will attack one another. and i can try to live on the other planet. AWESOME!

    August 27, 2010 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  12. jeremiah

    the truth is.......................... were all aliens!!!!!!!!!! 😮

    August 27, 2010 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  13. Geeshgirl

    This is not via "Wobble". Kepler tests the dimming of a star's light as an orbiting object passes in front of it. They then can gauge the object's distance from the star, its rotation timing and its mass by analyzing the resulting data.

    August 27, 2010 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  14. Brad

    I wonder if there is oil on those planets?

    August 27, 2010 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  15. chop from chesapeake

    DOES ANYONE KNOW WHERE I COULD APPLY FOR A GRANT TO BUY A FIFTY DOLLAR TELESCOPE ? I HAVE BEEN OUT OF WORK FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS NOW BUT I STILL WANT TO HELP OUT. I MIGHT DISCOVER A COUPLE MORE PLANETS. MAYBE THEY GOT JOBS OUT THERE.

    August 27, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
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