Kepler discovers more planets
An artist's concept of Kepler-20e.
December 20th, 2011
02:13 PM ET

Kepler discovers more planets

NASA scientists today announced the discovery of two Earth sized planets, named Kepler 20E and 20F. The planets were discovered by the Kepler space telescope team. "The first of the two planets has a diameter just 3 percent larger than the Earth, which makes it the closest object to Earth, in terms of size in the known universe," said Francois Fressin, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, during a conference call to announce the major discovery.

The two planets are believed to be too close to their sun and thus too hot to be habitable with temperatures ranging from 800 to 14
hundred degrees. Scientists speculate that Kepler 20F might have had liquid water at one time in its history and could have been habitable.

The Kepler science team says this is the first time humanity has been able to detect planets of Earth size in the Universe.

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  1. Jason S

    Hey how about notifying the public when you actually find something important

    December 20, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
    • Ralf The Dog.

      Hey, how about commenting on a story when you understand what you are talking about?

      December 20, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
      • Edwin

        It is far easier for idiots to complain about things they dislike than for them to actually do anything productive.

        December 20, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
      • Cocopuf

        In fact Jason S. remark is correct ... All you guys are falling for the "artists drawing" which looks spectacular (Publicity for the Kepler project) but, in fact is not anywhere near what it might look like. Besides, there must be trillions or more planets around stars in this universe, some of which are at about the right distance for the right conditions for life like our Earth ... If you think that life came from rocks or a primordial soup of some sort over long periods of time, then you are dreaming and are in for a rude awakening. It is a nice picture though; that's all (period) LOL

        December 20, 2011 at 9:17 pm |
      • Question4U

        @Coconut, I mean, Cocopuf. It's not about the artists rendering. The importance of the find is that science is now able to detect earth sized planets. Who commented on the artwork?

        December 20, 2011 at 9:33 pm |
      • Cedar Rapids

        No one mentioned the artists drawing so not sure why you felt to mention it. And there must indeed be a lot more planets around but until we find those then they will announce how they have been able to detect earth sized planets for the first time.

        December 20, 2011 at 9:35 pm |
      • Luke

        Cocopuf: anything ending in 'LOL' completely invalidates what came before, not that your argument was remotely good to begin with.

        The fact that we can even identify planets at these great distances, their exact size and even elemental make-up is a phenomenal achievement. Bravo Kepler team.

        December 21, 2011 at 3:35 am |
      • canadian66

        TAXI

        December 21, 2011 at 3:55 am |
    • Veggiedude

      You wouldn't know important if it smacked you between the eyes

      December 20, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
    • blerp

      How about you find it yourself smart ass?

      December 20, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
    • Aaron

      I for one, believe all planetary discoveries are important.

      December 20, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
      • mouser

        Me too.

        December 20, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
      • mthompson

        Why? I in turn could say all people's bowel movements are important... it doesn't mean they are ;)

        December 20, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
      • Joe

        Try not having any bowel movements for a couple weeks. Then ask yourself how important they are.

        December 20, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
      • Les

        I agree. The finding of other planets is the most important scientific achievement over the last century. The finding of Earth sized planets marks the most scientific and historical achievement of our our current civilization. Those who think otherwise live in some sort of a vacuum reserved for the ignorant.

        December 20, 2011 at 8:13 pm |
      • sharoom

        Haha I applaud Joe's comment.

        December 20, 2011 at 10:20 pm |
      • Alex

        Joe with a zinger! Nice one!

        December 21, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
    • SassyCakes

      Says the guy that has devoted his life to the honorable science of commenting on CNN.

      December 20, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
    • fred

      Agreed....waste of money when there's no money left to waste.....thanks to our government.

      December 20, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
      • Nick

        Yeah, that whole "science" thing has never gotten us anywhere. NASA, NIH grants, science education – let's scrap them all! We can't afford them. Isn't there some big company we could be bailing out instead?

        December 20, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
      • blueskyminer

        don't worry, fred, science isn't for rednecks like you anyway. go pray to a ghost.

        December 20, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
      • Kuba

        Yeah ,I'm sure next episode of Jersey Shore will catch your attention

        December 20, 2011 at 7:01 pm |
      • this guy ^ is NOT smart

        spoken like a true imbecile.

        December 20, 2011 at 7:37 pm |
      • The Left Wing

        Ferdinand and Isbella had problems of money and religion to deal with prior to 1492.

        December 20, 2011 at 8:53 pm |
      • Uthor

        Yeah. Sure. The cash should go toward your beer. There are plenty of us who–if we could earmark our tax money–would spend it on stuff like this.

        December 20, 2011 at 9:04 pm |
      • Snarf

        Remember those words when you get to your bank and they ask you for 16000 just for giving you a small piece of paper with some electronic signature that says that you lost your house and still own them the 16000 for the services of repossession.
        And the money that goes for those is a little over 25000% what goes into science from the taxes we pay.
        Or you think that those bankers are moving around in private jets and haver 200 houses all around the world just with wall street money?

        December 21, 2011 at 4:16 am |
    • Jimmy Dean

      Um, yeah.... so we found planets of the same size but again they are too hot or there's some other reason they aren't habitable.

      Can we not just hold off until the data actually suggests that something extraordinary is found?

      We get it..... there's a bunch of orbs out there that are either hot as hell or really cold. No people or other beings though.

      December 20, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
      • Nick

        In other news that is probably more interesting to people like you, I just heard that Rob Schneider has signed on to star in "Derp Dee Deedeelee Derp-dee Dum."

        December 20, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
      • Leif

        The rest of us are interested. If you don't want to read a story, then don't. Your opinion is worthless.

        December 20, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
      • Kim

        I agree, let me know when they find aliens, all I need to do to know that there are stars and planets in space is to look at the sky at night, I don't need to know everytime they assign a name like D-187a to a planet.

        December 20, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
      • james

        Actually, I think a recent discovery was that of a larger planet with a temperature zone similar to earth. I do wonder what will become of religion as a concept when the chemical signatures of life are detected on other planets. Probably not much will change for the true believers but it would certainly qualify as the biggest finding of all time short of actually discovering an intelligent species outside the solar system.

        December 20, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
      • danieljsf

        Discovering a planet isn't extraordinary? Someone needs to get some serious perspective. Geez.

        December 20, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
      • borntothebreed7

        Wow, Kim, way to go! "Keeping it dumb" is certainly the way to go when it comes to news reporting. Don't tell us anything!

        Are you just a total and complete moron? Why did you f**king read this story if you didn't want to know about it? Jeez, people like you are the reason Americans are viewed as idiots by the rest of the world.

        December 20, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
      • Charles

        II bet there is another you somewhere in the Universe with the same comment. That means there is another me saying STFU..lol....

        December 20, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
      • Long Wang

        The way Kepler works dictates that discovery of real earth like planets takes several years (it needs to planet to go around the star multiple times for it to be detected).

        So be patient, if you real care about this kind of discoveries. They will be coming in a couple of years.

        December 20, 2011 at 5:56 pm |
      • Dan

        "again"??? Isn't this the first discovery of planets very close to the size of earth and they just happened to be too hot?
        One reason this is important is in the evaluation of understanding the odds of there being similar conditions to those found on earth. If much smaller than earth it won't hold an atmosphere. If much larger, then gravity prevents larger land organisms. What is exciting about a recent announcement of another planet with significant water and this announcement of being able to detect earth sized planets is that we may soon no longer have to simply guess at what percentage of systems have habitable planets. Of course, there will always be someone who hears that a small fraction, lets say .001%, of planets may even have conditions to be habitable. Then when someone finally is able to detect the first couple of them with the right size, but happens to be too hot, this dummy says something like; There you go again blah blah blah. Perhaps things like .001% or smaller don't impact on brains at the low end of .001% range. If one understands the odd I would have actually bet that the first planets discovered at the smaller size(which is brand new) would very very likely be too hot or cold.

        December 20, 2011 at 6:02 pm |
      • Haskell

        That planet looks like earth will after the republicans get through with it.

        December 20, 2011 at 8:28 pm |
      • nurduling

        why do scientists keeps on searching for another planet? ...it is very impossible for human to cross the van allen radiation belt, then why spend so much money for something that human can't achieve...granting without accepting that there is another earth, then what will humans do ? destroy the newfound earth again..then search for another one again..crazy....this earth is where we were born where we will die....why can't we treat earth carefully so people of next generations can enjoy earth as how we enjoyed it.

        December 20, 2011 at 8:50 pm |
      • theAntiELVIS

        Because, really, what good is it if it doesn't add to the tax base? Doesn't the universe exist for the benefit of human beings, after all? Jimmy Dean obviously thinks so.

        December 20, 2011 at 9:27 pm |
      • Tyler

        For the dummy talking about the Van Allen belt – http://www.badastronomy.com/bad/tv/foxapollo.html#radiation

        December 20, 2011 at 9:30 pm |
      • Vaughn

        Basically, to the person who posted "can we just hold off on the information until something extrodinary is found?" If you have a kid, maybe you can tell them to just hold off on showing you all of their achievements in life until they're extrodianry as well. Each step we take, whether forward or backwards, is significant to finding the right path. Now scientists can eliminate that planent, solar system, and eventually that galaxy and move to the next one to see what else is out there. It may not happen in our time, but, it is possible to happen sooner or later.

        December 21, 2011 at 9:34 am |
    • goodnews

      May be they will find Iraq WMD's hidden there...we are still looking for them..that imminent threat to humanity that costed us trillions of dollars....why isn't W Bush prosecuted for this !! no accountability for misuse of taxpayers money and loss of lives

      December 20, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
      • Mike

        Do some research first before spew your factually inaccurate off-topic nonsense.

        http://www . wired . com/dangerroom/2010/10/wikileaks-show-wmd-hunt-continued-in-iraq-with-surprising-results/

        December 20, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
      • tom

        Did you even read the article you sited?
        Note that these relatively small WMD stockpiles were hardly the kind of grave danger that the Bush administration presented in the run-up to the war.
        Sorry, but a bunch of leftover WWI mustard gas does not really equate to a modern day WMD definition.

        December 20, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
      • marsmotel

        Are you an idiot. Did you forget Chemical Ali? Whom we killed and he killed his own people with chemical weapons aka WMD. Just because they are not nuclear doesn't mean they are not WMD. Why don't people get that. Anthrax is WMD.

        December 20, 2011 at 6:51 pm |
      • This guy ^ has no idea

        There an important pieces of information you're forgetting about the Iraq war and search for WMDs; the person making the executive decision. Bush doesn't have capacity for big words and long thought out sentences, but even he knows the difference between the outcomes of anthrax and nuclear weapons.

        Lets simplify the acronym WMD: Weapons of MASS Destruction (Notice the emphasis on MASS). That's the point of the destructive weapon, to inflict a massive amount of damage to civilian life and infrastructure. No offense dip shiz, but your not going to kill millions of people using anthrax or mustard gas.

        December 20, 2011 at 9:02 pm |
      • John

        to "this guy ^ has no idea" – Why don't you go ask the Kurds in NOrthern Iraq if it was a weapon of mass destruction. THOUSANDS OF CIVILIANS DIED IN A SINGLE ATTACK!!! Why must liberals always try to alter the truth to fit their delusions?

        December 21, 2011 at 8:02 am |
    • stephen

      Jason.........please go back to reading Star magazine and leave words longer than five letters each to we individuals with IQ's more than room temperature.

      December 20, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
      • Sheila

        That would be "higher" than room temp. Not more.... Maybe you should educate yourself before you bash someone else.

        December 20, 2011 at 6:57 pm |
      • Johnross1968

        If he were living on the planet they just discovered and his IQ were to be room temp......He would be VERY VERY SMART.

        December 20, 2011 at 7:39 pm |
    • Despondent

      What's not important about a giant hot rock a billion miles away?

      December 20, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
    • norm

      Jason,

      IT DOES NOT REALLY MATTER...THIS IS NOT THAT IMPORTANT CONSIDERING THAT
      HUMANITY WILL NOT BE ABLE TO REACH THESE EARTH LIKE PLANET HABITABLE OR NOT
      FOR ANOTHER 1000 TO 2000 YEARS...

      WE CAN ONLY LOOK AT THEM. BY THE TIME WE WILL SET FOOT ON THESE PLANETS WE WILL
      BE LONG GONE...

      IT WILL BE """IMPORTANT""" ONLY FOR HUMANS LIVING IN THE YEAR 3000 OR THE YEAR 3500..

      AS YOU CAN SEE IT IS NOW NOT THAT IMPORTANT!!!!

      December 20, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
      • Yossarian

        Caps lock makes you look dumber, FYI.

        December 20, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
      • Aletheya

        Caps lock does indeed make him look dumber, which is quite a feat, as the content of his post already left no doubt. When I read comments such as norm's, I feel very pessimistic about our future – and about our educational system. norm, toddle off and find some nascar to watch, undoubtedly that's more important to you than discovering new worlds.

        December 20, 2011 at 6:53 pm |
      • Guiseppe

        Hey, wait just a minute. NASCAR requires a lot more intelligence than you imagine. Do you even know how NASCAR operates? Now if you find a planet capable of hosting a NASCAR race...then you've truely found a unifying discovery that we all can believe in.

        December 20, 2011 at 7:32 pm |
      • wonderwall

        Try million years. Super earth is 600 light years away. It would take over 10 million years just to get there at current propulsion.

        December 20, 2011 at 7:38 pm |
    • Jason S

      I can't understand science and complex things in nature. I turn to religion to answer everything for me because I'm lazy and unintelligent.

      December 20, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
      • Chris

        Love It!!!

        December 20, 2011 at 6:05 pm |
      • Christian

        I find interesting the divide between science and religion in these comments when science can help provide us an understanding of how God works within the elements of creation. The difference between us and Him is that we haven't learned yet how to manipulate them the way He has. These two don't have to be at odds with each other.
        "And worlds without number have I created; and I also created them for mine own purpose; and by the Son I created them, which is mine Only Begotten."

        December 20, 2011 at 7:01 pm |
      • rocinante

        Excellent comment and quote Bro Christian. I was beginning to wonder if I was alone here on Light Years.

        December 20, 2011 at 7:25 pm |
      • bobmc

        christian ... your last quote .. Sun is what he is talking about.

        December 20, 2011 at 7:41 pm |
      • Chrism

        Jason, way to put Newton and Kepler in their place.

        December 20, 2011 at 8:41 pm |
      • chris ozman

        So "Christian" please quote the scripture, I don't recall it in the bible.

        December 20, 2011 at 9:30 pm |
    • LWZRGHT

      Like the gas cloud coming from Uranus?

      December 20, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
    • Doug Hayse

      The two planets are believed to be too close to their sun and thus too hot to be habitable with temperatures ranging from 800 to 14
      hundred degrees. Tardigrades are able to survive in extreme environments that would kill almost any other animal. Some can survive temperatures of close to absolute zero (−273 °C (−459 °F)),[6] temperatures as high as 151 °C (304 °F), 1,000 times more radiation than other animals,[7] and almost a decade without water.[8] Since 2007, tardigrades have also returned alive from studies in which they have been exposed to the vacuum of outer space in low earth orbit.
      high pressure (1200 times higher than atmospheric pressure) and thats from earth so they should not be so closed minded.

      December 20, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
      • lewtwo

        You forgot to mention that the Tardigrades were dormant while they were surving these eviromental extremes. They had to be returned to a more normal enviroment before they resumed life processes.

        December 20, 2011 at 8:15 pm |
    • Wobbles

      Sometimes stupid just isn't a large enough word for some people. Try reading a book instead of just using them to keep the TV tray level during dancing with the stars.

      December 20, 2011 at 6:09 pm |
    • Jenny

      Let me guess, Jason S., you are a fundamental Christian. Only an uneducated moron would decide that this news isn't important.

      December 20, 2011 at 6:11 pm |
      • Chuck88888

        Jenny, Jason S. is an anti-Christian bigot being sarcastic towards real Christians. The fact you missed this obvious sarcasm and instead quickly accepted his post as geniune, demostrates you are an anti-Christian bigot also.

        December 20, 2011 at 8:09 pm |
    • Factors

      Well, – that and $2.50 will get you a cup of Joe.

      December 20, 2011 at 6:13 pm |
    • Bilbo

      No doubt Columbus probably heard something similar...

      December 20, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
    • DJ

      Thank you! Too hot to live on? Whats the point? Let me know when you've hit the goldylocks planet.

      December 20, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
    • Dave

      Of course exploration isn't an important human activity compared to trolling the internet and commenting on every story you find unimportant.

      December 20, 2011 at 6:48 pm |
    • Layne

      Imagine NASA's funding runs out a week before they would have pointed the Kepler telescope at a planet with an advanced civilization. If they don't publicize the significant steps along the journey they won't have the funding to reach the joruney's end.

      December 20, 2011 at 7:23 pm |
    • Muwahahahah

      I detected an earth-sized planet ages ago... in fact, I'm standing on it right now... :)

      December 20, 2011 at 7:24 pm |
    • curiousInSeattle

      Why do you comment on a story if it isn't something you are interested. I'm not asking this to be nasty or argue with you, I'm really curious. If the story wasn't interesting, why did you read it? I see lots links to stories I'm not interested in, and I don't waste my time clicking on the link and reading them. Maybe you thought it was going to be interesting and you were disappointed? And if it wasn't interesting, why waste your time replying? just wondering. really.

      December 20, 2011 at 7:29 pm |
    • Mike

      So they found a planet circling the sun like ours. Let's start to zoom in on these planets, I really hate artist's concept drawings. Don't we have good enough telescopes to get a better look at this?

      December 20, 2011 at 7:43 pm |
      • super Star

        No. The stars they orbit are to bright for us to seem the planets directly. We use some mathematical inferences to determine their size and how close their orbits are to their star.

        December 20, 2011 at 8:14 pm |
    • amon

      this news story offends me as muslim; I believe there are no planets outside of solar system and Muhammad is the prophet – CNN, please don't post such inflammatory content on publicly accessible websites, which clearly contradicts my beliefs and holy Quran !!!

      December 20, 2011 at 7:51 pm |
    • SpotOn

      Oh, like who won on Dancing with the Stars or one of the other moronic reality shows? The rest of us with brains and a passion for discovering our place in this universe find this remarkable.

      December 20, 2011 at 7:53 pm |
    • streetheat1

      I agree with Jason S. Two planets, both of which cannot sustain life, and would take millions of years to get to are not the biggest of news. There are probably billions more out there, but that doesn't affect us.

      December 20, 2011 at 8:05 pm |
    • gevers3

      Please consider following your own advice.

      December 20, 2011 at 8:20 pm |
    • Step12

      Spoken like a true knuckle dragging Neandrathal. Go back to your ESPN and NASCAR. It's obvious that's all you know anything about.

      December 20, 2011 at 8:30 pm |
    • Thezel

      This is important, albeit not earth-shattering. Given the technique they are using, it's actually pretty cool that they found them. By finding a small number, you can project how many there would be statistically. If you're not excited about what the Kepler project is doing, you're really on the wrong site.

      December 20, 2011 at 8:31 pm |
    • Uthor

      That's what they did. You're just too thick-headed to understand it. You probably ought to ask yourself why this didn't seem like news to you. Then work on that if you can.

      December 20, 2011 at 9:01 pm |
    • Schmedley

      Ok, here's one: Guess what, the world isn't FLAT!

      December 20, 2011 at 9:48 pm |
    • Gary

      I'm with Jason. I'll be interested in a space exploration article when it is telling me how we're going to get people on another habitable planet. Until then, which is likely well past my lifetime, what else matters?

      December 20, 2011 at 9:54 pm |
    • ipmutt

      Absolutely right. who cares about a rock with temps of 800 degrees and nothing of interest. This is hust fikking space rather than telling us about the Obama bio fuel kick backs to his contributors or that it is coming out the Obama is taking more PAC and Lobby money than anyone else. So much for him keeping his promises.

      December 20, 2011 at 10:09 pm |
    • Turtle

      This IS important. Only twenty-five years ago all humanity knew were the 8 other bodies around our sun; now we have over 500 definate and several thousand possibles, and now this.

      Don't confuse Hollywood science fiction shows for what is really out there.

      December 20, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
    • Joma14

      Agree, Jason! what a freekin' geekfest!

      December 20, 2011 at 10:49 pm |
    • Joma14

      This is so entertaining. Huh? What? No! Hey fellow geeksters, there's a supernova report, too! It's like the Mecca of geek quests- or .. "Gekka"!

      December 20, 2011 at 10:53 pm |
    • Adam

      Not many people here seem to grasp why a discovery such as this is important. It is not because this planet is the bad@ss or significant but it is the technology involved. No one can comprehend the immense size, complexity and power of the universe. For example the closest galaxy to us is andromeda and it is on a collision course with our own galaxy and will impact and destroy our galaxy within a few billion years. A small supernova has the capability to obilterate anything within a few light years of it. This is the first planet discovered (planets by the way are extremely hard to locate due to the fact they orbit stars which put of tons of light and radiation) close to Earth's size. So say what you will about this being a weak find, but I say we should probally keep at least one set of eyes looking up

      December 20, 2011 at 10:55 pm |
    • alain

      Quite right Jason .And why not publish the real picture of the planet instead of an artist rendition.? Why all that secrecy around the matter?

      December 20, 2011 at 11:26 pm |
    • chf

      Progress very rarely happens in one sudden leap in the void of previous work. Rather, it's a series of incremental steps that build on one another. Some may be more exciting, but all are required to get to the Big Discovery. It's a sad testament to the vanishing attention span amongst the general population who don't value education and knowledge. I guess all the instant-gratification Hollywood flicks make them believe the world can be saved in 2 hours or less.

      December 21, 2011 at 1:17 am |
    • SamuraiShonan

      Seems like a lot of comments are coming out of the planet Uranus.

      Do most of you wear Leisure Suits?

      December 21, 2011 at 5:34 am |
    • Bob

      Thats what people in Spain were saying when Colombus reported back to the queen about finding the Americas

      December 21, 2011 at 7:13 am |
  2. dougaussie

    i NEED to go to the new planets, i need to suck them dry, enslave their races, steal their technology, bulldoze their lands, build tourist resorts, plant crops, import pests and open up heaps of garbage dumps, and tie them up in legal mumbo jumbo for a few hundred years. Basically just like we've done to earth, just like home.

    December 20, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
    • JohnnyDH

      This planet lasted the species 4.4 million years. There are an infinite amount of planets out there. Consuming the resources and moving on is not the worst thing in the universe.

      December 20, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
  3. Henry

    Really? I read this article, nearly two weeks ago. This is current news. A day after I can understand. Two weeks I can not. Dear CNN, please visit Reddit daily. You'll get your information faster.

    December 20, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
    • Noocrat

      You seem to be another person not understanding the difference between 2 different discoveris. Discovering a planet in the habitable zone != discovering 2 planets near the size of Earth.

      See the difference?

      December 20, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
    • Fairplay

      Two different stories. Two different discoveries. Two different dates.

      December 20, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
    • JohnnyDH

      Your confusion of Kelper 22B with Kepler 20E and Kepler 20F is embarassing.

      December 20, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
      • WINick

        This is the funniest post on here! Too bad there isn't a Like button on here. Absolutely hilarious!

        December 20, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
    • Uthor

      The geeks are right. You are confused about two different discoveries. You will not be on the crews who go to any of these planets. Fool.

      December 20, 2011 at 9:08 pm |
  4. Kim

    1400 degrees sounds like a nice summer day...let me know when they find aliens or when there's an asteroid headed towards Earth that's probably going to kill us all

    December 20, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
    • XerXes_2012

      Hate to burst your bubble there Kim, 1400 degrees is not a nice summers day, but Spring time!

      December 20, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
    • there is

      They discovered microscopic life inside of a comet and there is an astroid headed for earth. it will hit off the west coast of Cali in 2036

      December 20, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
    • J.B.B.

      Maybe little Kimmie would be interested if they named a newly discovered planet "Planet Kardashian".

      December 20, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  5. whats yours

    AS I SAID THE THE SELF RIGHTOUS A55 H0LES BELOW:

    IM NOT- BUT I CATUALY NEED TO WORK FOR MY MONEY ..........OHHO CONFERENCE CALL......"WE FOUND NOTHING"..........AGAIN.......LET THE WORLD KNOW YOU FOUND NOTHING.......WHO IS THE STUPID ONE HERE...........PREMADONNAS.........

    December 20, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
    • Truth Hurts

      Why not first remove your CAPS lock and stop yelling and people?

      December 20, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
      • Truth Hurts a Little More

        Would that be before or after he/she/it performs the spell check?

        December 20, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
    • kendo23

      Then what are you waiting for? Pick up your mop and get back to work.

      December 20, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
    • Ralf The Dog.

      Just so you know, lead paint may be yummy, however, it is not candy.

      December 20, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
    • XerXes_2012

      Premadonnas huh? Haven't heard that since my jr high coach cussed out the few players who played football, yet didnt like to get dirty, go figure!

      December 20, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
      • Nick

        Madonna is quite the entertainer. I take it as a compliment that this poster thinks some of us could reach her level at some point. If I become as famous as Madonna though, I definitely won't let it get to my head and won't be such a prima donna.

        December 20, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
    • kendo23

      Hey wait a second! Is this Milton?! Where's my red stapler?!!

      December 20, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
    • Cedar Rapids

      So just so we are certain we have this.......announcing the discovery of 2 earth sized planets, the first time we have been able to detect planets this size, is 'finding nothing'?

      December 20, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  6. NahilaCsemaJ

    I wonder how many people that commented on this watch the Big Bang Theory? I myself feel that we still know little about the moon and maybe we should concentrate on the moon. Something kind of like 'baby-steps', then eventually, maybe we as humans can begin to walk and find the planet that has life. By the way religion and science does not mix, you smart people should know this by now.

    December 20, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
    • WhatWhatWhat?

      Just great...so while we spend the next 1000 years learning about the moon, as far as you're concerned, we should just cancel all other scientific research because we should be taking baby steps. Thank the stars that no one asked you your opinion, or we'd still be in the dark ages.

      December 20, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
    • Fairplay

      We already took baby steps and then a bigger step on July 20, 1969. Why would we not continue to grow?

      December 20, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
    • JohnnyDH

      I thought we took one giant leap

      December 20, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
  7. Adam

    There are aliens looking at our planet too.. thinking they have just discovered something.. and probably even naming our planet.

    December 20, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
    • Jimmy Hoffa

      Darned it! They finally found me.

      December 20, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
    • DuckOf Death

      They are looking at us. From earlier.....Breaking news intercepted from Kepler 20F and translated by Google ...."Planet known as Errff just discovered.3rd planet from its star. Way too cold to support life (-100 to 120 degrees F) and devoid of intelligent life.. Air may have at once been full of delicious steam but now all the water has unfortunatley condensed and now floods the surface"

      December 20, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
      • Ralf The Dog.

        Brilliant!!! Thank you very much!

        December 20, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
    • bobmc

      Yah, and they are probably rolling on the floor laughing ther gastrojuices out. They are putting us on their "Most Stupid Planet Ever" comedy show, A guy sets fire to a 78 year old in an elavator, flying Hijacked planes into buildings thinking your gonna get laid forever. We cannot even lead our children more less be a Global Leader. CNN has captured the minds of most of America and the other are enraptured with Rush. We use to be so innovative, time for some major re-engineering here at home.

      December 20, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
      • Curious

        I wonder what happens after virgin #72?

        December 20, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
    • sybaris

      Yes and if they are just 1000 years ahead of us in technology they might have even found a way to image the planet from that distance.

      December 20, 2011 at 6:44 pm |
  8. Boozenitup

    SCOTT ME UP BEAMIE !!!!

    December 20, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
  9. Partial_M

    I have to laugh at the people who say we spend too much money on NASA. NASA's budget is about 0.6% of the Federal Budget. Somewhere in the neighborhood of $18 billion dollars. We GIVE more money than that to corporations, like Exxon, which are making record-breaking profits and pay very little taxes.

    NASA deserves more money, not less. It is one of the things that we do as a nation that actually advances the human race, both in knowledge and in technology.

    December 20, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
    • bobmc

      "The Kepler science team says this is the first time humanity has been able to detect planets of Earth size in the Universe."

      Boy, That wont make Copernicus very happy, he said Mars was a close to being a Earthg Size planet, and all he used was math.

      December 20, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
      • Ralf The Dog.

        It was implied without stating, extra solar planets.

        December 20, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
      • Cedar Rapids

        looking up in the night sky and going 'look, a planet' does not count as 'detecting'

        December 20, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
  10. whats yours

    THEY FOUND NOTHING AND IF THEY DID FIND ANYTHING THEY WOULD NOT TELL US ....UNLESS OF COURSE IT WAS WATER – "OH YES WE HAVE FOUND WATER ....AGAIN......BUT NOTHING ELAS AS FAR AS THE SHEEPOLE ARE CONCERNED – YOU PEOPLE NEED A DOSE OF REALEATY AND CNN WILLL NEVER TELL US ANYTHING.................OMG WE FOUND A GEM.....BACTERIA.........AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 20, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
    • Ralf The Dog.

      " Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt."

      December 20, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
      • Across12

        Never forget that.

        December 20, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
    • kendo23

      You've definitely eaten too many paint chips

      December 20, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
    • ba4hire

      If that is how you feel why are you even reading the article?

      December 20, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
    • NeutralMind

      Based on your spelling mistakes, you clearly haven't done much schooling so it's obvious you do not understand science. Go learn a bit and then come back and make comments.

      December 20, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
    • speedro

      Don't drink and comment.

      December 20, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
  11. a waste of money!

    when is nasa getting shut down? this is a waste of money a failing leaderless america does not have!!!

    December 20, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
    • Truth Hurts

      If you believe that this is such a waste of money, how about agreeing to never use any technology that resulted from or benefited from the space program – starting with your computer, watch, internet, and cell phone. Then send me a letter via US Post Office to CNN to complain about wasted money.

      December 20, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
      • Ralf The Dog.

        Sorry, can't send a letter to CNN. Without Satellites, there would be no CNN.

        December 20, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
    • Scott

      If anything, NASA and other space agencies might be the MOST important thing that we could possibly spend money on. Eventually, an asteroid will hit this planet. That is a statistical certainty. One of two possiblilities can happen.
      A) We spend money on the infrastructure to watch for and perhaps defend ourselves from said rock.
      B) We yank money from it, and the species dies.

      That's Near-Term.

      Long-Term, the Sun's going to die and the Earth along with it. Space travel is the only way to survive.

      December 20, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
    • Leif

      American is failing because of short sighted morons like you.

      December 20, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
    • JEESUS

      There is a leader, you may choose not to acknoledge him, but you know he's there.. his name is jesus. :P

      December 20, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
      • Vhurex

        The only Jewish man I'm going to worship was a man by the name of Carl Sagan. RIP, Carl.

        December 20, 2011 at 7:25 pm |
  12. Wow

    Just a matter of time...

    December 20, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
  13. Cory

    Let's be clear on the Sun/stars expanding. When a star is in the "Main Sequence", which our Sun is now, after its birth and before its death phases, there is very little change in its size. If it does expand some, then it's outside gets cooler and it shrinks back. If it shrinks a bit, it gets hotter and expands back (all due to gravity). Thus it is self regulating, and this in no way is a cause for Global Warming. When a star dies, then it expands to become a Red Giant. At that point our Sun would swallow the Earth. It's about at half life, so it has about 4-5 billion years left.

    December 20, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
    • Mindy

      Cold definately causes shrinkage, and hot definately causes erection.

      December 20, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
    • portnoychunk

      Not to be a cynic, but I'd bank that we will have destroyed ourselves long before this becomes an issue.

      December 20, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
      • kendo23

        Lighten up Leroy...and go rent Coneheads.....right Mindy? LOLOL

        December 20, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
    • Mindy

      It's kind of eros a matic when the Sun swallows. That also causes some disturbances in the lower mounds.

      December 20, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
    • bobmc

      That's 1.4 Ga-Zillion Days, the average house fly lives 35 days, wow thats a lot of flies.

      December 20, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
  14. kendo23

    Greetings earthlings. This is Belder from planet Remulak, also known as Kepler 20. You've finally found me.

    December 20, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
    • Mindy

      Oh... kendo... where is Mork? Did you find his moisture missile? Where is the egg? Fly be free!

      December 20, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
    • i_know_everything

      i hate you, we're coming to take over your planet, bwahahaha

      December 20, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
  15. portnoychunk

    I find stories like this fascinating. I would much rather read stories about exploration and new discoveries in a vast universe than reading about some of the trivial crap that we bicker about on our planet. Take a minute to find a quiet spot and look up at the stars as often as you can....this comment was not drug induced.

    December 20, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
    • Across12

      Alcohol?

      December 20, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
      • Cogito

        Alcohol IS a drug.

        December 20, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  16. Bachmann is a loon.

    Couldnt they have named it something cooler like, Mustafar, Coruscant or Geonosis?

    December 20, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
    • Alien from Alfa Centuria

      mvjl;vn cewuo[efyhn 042i[jf pio-4rj-

      December 20, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
      • Alien from Alfa Centuria

        Sorry abut that I keep forgetting you Earthlings don't speak our language. We been living here on your Earth for some time now.Whats so hard about finding another planet like yours.They are common place thru out the universe. You Earthlings are sooooooooooo dumb.

        December 20, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
    • Thor

      Which Realm is that in? .... exactly?

      December 20, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
      • Bachmann is a loon.

        Some where near the outter rim.

        December 20, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
      • Mindy

        ....vice the inner tunnel?

        December 20, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
    • Across12

      How about Kim Pung?

      December 20, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
  17. whats yours

    OMG.........WE FOUND NOTHING........LETS HAVE A CONFERENCE CALL.......AND A HIGHER SALARY..........SO I CAN GO BUY SOME HIGH HEELS.......GET REAL FOOLS.

    December 20, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
    • Primewonk

      Just because you purposefully choose to be ignorant, doesn't mean the rest of us do.

      December 20, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
      • whats yours

        IM NOT- BUT I CATUALY NEED TO WORK FOR MY MONEY ..........OHHO CONFERENCE CALL......"WE FOUND NOTHING"..........AGAIN.......LET THE WORLD KNOW YOU FOUND NOTHING.......WHO IS THE STUPID ONE HERE...........PREMADONNAS.........

        December 20, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
      • Primewonk

        Sorry, but you do choose to be ignorant. And yelling about it doesn't make you look smarter.

        December 20, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
      • Cogito

        what's yours – you asked "...WHO IS THE STUPID ONE HERE...........PREMADONNAS........."

        I would say that the people who are;
        -educated enough to be able to correctly spell "actually,"
        -know that "prima donnas" is actually 2 words and can spell both of them correctly,
        -know that a question mark (that's this symbol "?") follows an interrogative,
        -are interested in the universe outside their own trailer park,

        Those people are NOT the stupid people on this thread.

        Every time you open your mouth 'what's yours', you get a bit closer to proving incontrovertibly that you are.

        December 20, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
    • Truth Hurts

      No – we found two planets millions of light years away. That in itself is an extraordinarily difficult task. It took years to find Osama Bin Laden and he was here on Earth. Too bad you can't appreciate how profound this accomplishment really is.

      December 20, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
    • Bibles and Guns be gone

      Is that you little Billy, Oh I forgot all the 7th graders are out on xmas break. Tell your mommy I will stop by same time and same place (your meth infested trailer) for my servicing next week. She could use some lipstick for x-mas.

      December 20, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
    • I'm The Best!

      How is an entire planet about the size of ours (previously impossible to spot) nothing? This is real news. You can go back to wondering what the kardashians are going to wear tomorrow and let the intelligent people get back to the real news.

      December 20, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
  18. Across12

    Right...in this universe with millions of galaxies and zillions of planets we are the only creatures around. That would be a little extreme to believe.

    December 20, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
    • Tom In Dallas

      Like the old saying goes "It would be an awful waste of space..."

      December 20, 2011 at 6:42 pm |
  19. bobmc

    Well, Personally I like the Idea of NASA. Think of all the money thats was thrown into space rather than Bankers and Lawyers on Wall St. or Used by Fannie or Freddie. Unless we need to relocate pronto, why the energy and monies in other planets. Let's us reverse model this and focus on US, we on Earth. Let's fix this planet before we go screw up another. The guy with the 100 scientist friends in Church, maybe they need to understand that God does not allow humanity to roll the dice twivce.

    December 20, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
    • Truth Hurts

      Really? The money is thrown into Space? So is the Space Shuttle going up with a cargo hold full of Greenbacks and dumping them into space? Last I heard that money is being spent here on Earth. That money (in the case of NASA) goes to American Scientists, students, universities, and private contractors.

      December 20, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
      • bobmc

        Thats the point! Time now to repair Gaiea.

        December 20, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
    • Jim

      If we wait until we need to relocate in short order, we won't have the time to do it.

      December 20, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
    • Timmy

      another candidate from the CNN blogosphere in need of 1st grade education

      December 20, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
  20. Ralf The Dog.

    I wonder, if NASA were to detect a signal transmitting prime numbers across all of the hydrogen absorption bands, and that signal was, by parallax, determined to be 10 AU out and decelerating at 200 G, how many of you would call that a waist of money?

    December 20, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
    • portnoychunk

      Ralf...you sounded intelligent until you used "waist" instead of "waste"......almost buddy!

      December 20, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
      • Ralf The Dog.

        I am profoundly dyslexic (lexdisic?). At work, I have people who's job it is to read every word I type and fix them. Play time, not so much.

        December 20, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
      • portnoychunk

        lol....sorry Ralf, I'll let it slide next time!

        December 20, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
      • Across12

        I'm cracking up really bad...thanks bro.

        December 20, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
      • Ralf The Dog.

        Not a prob, I like it when people point out my spelling errors. One of these times, I might start getting it right.

        December 20, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
      • Across12

        Ralf, you sound like a dog barking to the wrong tree...lol

        December 20, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
      • kendo23

        Dude...Hilarious!!

        December 20, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
      • Cedar Rapids

        The real trouble for Ralf comes when his kids tell the teachers that he got them to leave out milk and cookies and write a present list to Satan.

        December 20, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
    • Thor

      Is that a money belt waist or a waste?

      December 20, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
    • bali

      Five

      December 20, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
  21. whats yours

    SO IN OTHER WORDS THEY FOUND NOTHING......LETS JUST STATE THAT FACT!

    2 – "KNOWN UNIVERSE" THATS NON SAYING MUCH CONSIDERING OUR EQUIPMENT RANGE RELEATIVE TO THE SIZE OF SPACE.......... – A CONGERENCE CALL – ARE YOU PREMADONAS SERIOUS!?!? – YOU FOUND ANOTHER MARBLE WITH NOTHING ON IT PEOPLE – REALY! – A BUNCH OV OVERPAYED PREMADONNAS!!!!!!

    December 20, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
    • Ralf The Dog.

      Try this for an order of operations.

      1. Learn what you are talking about.
      2. Comment on it.

      December 20, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
      • whats yours

        I PROBABLY KNOW MORE ABOUT THIS TOPIC THEN THE MASS OF SLUDGER LIKE YOU ON THIS BOARD – STOP ACTING LIKE THE INTELECT YOU DONT HAVE

        December 20, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
      • JohnW

        I would add
        3. STOP YELLING and
        4. learn to spell to those...

        December 20, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
      • Ralf The Dog.

        @ whats yours, if you are so brilliant, please explain to me the difference between the Drake Equation and the Drake Equation as modified by Dr. David Brinn?

        December 20, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
    • Thor

      Ummm.... that would be prima dona....

      December 20, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
      • whats yours

        BUT ARE YOU REALY THOR.............YEA NO...

        December 20, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
      • Byte Me

        Actually I think he's talking about Pat Benatar. She was the star pre-Madonna.

        December 20, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
    • Partial_M

      It's spelled Prima Donna. Two words. It means first lady.

      Also, all caps and a ton of exclamation marks just makes you look stupid. Or, in simple terms that you can understand: Learn to grammar noob.

      December 20, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
      • whats yours

        I LOVE HOW YOU 1DIODS LIKE TO MAKE UPO THESE BELIEFS BECAUSE YOU ARE 1D1OTS – "MAKES YOU LOOK STUPID" WOW – I WAS JUST REPLIED TO BY A NOBODY – AKE STUPID 1D1OT.......BTW THEY STILL FOUND NOTHING – MAYBE YOU ARE SOMEONE FROM THE OVERPAYED GROUP THAT HAS FOUND NOTHING.......

        December 20, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
      • Byte Me

        Dude, if you are going to troll, you have to be comprehensible. Gooblety gibblety glock just can't be taken as a serious insult.

        December 20, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
      • Grog Says

        This is what crack will do to you.

        whats yours

        I LOVE HOW YOU 1DIODS LIKE TO MAKE UPO THESE BELIEFS BECAUSE YOU ARE 1D1OTS – "MAKES YOU LOOK STUPID" WOW – I WAS JUST REPLIED TO BY A NOBODY – AKE STUPID 1D1OT.......BTW THEY STILL FOUND NOTHING – MAYBE YOU ARE SOMEONE FROM THE OVERPAYED GROUP THAT HAS FOUND NOTHING.......

        December 20, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
    • Cedar Rapids

      So first you say they found nothing and then you say they found a marble with nothing on it.
      Better make your mind up which one you actually want to say is right.

      December 20, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
    • Bill Mosby

      What they found was that they can find earth-sized planets at that distance. Not too shabby.

      December 20, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  22. Jolinar

    This planet looks like Netu, from which I once escaped. However, I thought it was destroyed along with Sokar...hmmm... the Goa'uld are coming...

    December 20, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
    • Thor

      Loki.... my brother....

      December 20, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
    • Lantesh

      I thought Netu was the Tea-Party planet...

      December 20, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
      • Jolinar

        Aha! That explains everything. Bachmann has been using a sarcophagus to rejuvenate herself. Beware the Goa'uld!

        December 20, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
    • O'Neill

      Just another moon converted, this time to serve Lord Ba'al (as in bacce!)

      Excellent SG references Jolinar (including your name, lol). The original cast is still the best cast of all the SG's. I wish SGU didn't suck so much early on that when it finally got good, it got canned.

      December 20, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
      • Teal'c

        Indeed, SGU was just getting great.

        December 20, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  23. Debbie FitzSimmonds

    This was on NPR last week...ever heard of current events?

    December 20, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
    • TerryDERP

      CNN is not current on events. Were you hoping/looking for current events on CNN? Bwuahahahaha

      December 20, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
    • Bucky

      That was actually a different planet that is thought to be in the habital zone of its host star.

      December 20, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
    • roguewave

      That was a different story entirely. Ever hear of paying closer attention?

      December 20, 2011 at 9:02 pm |
  24. Fairplay

    There goes the neighborhood. Those silly Earthlings have found us.

    December 20, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
    • TerryDERP

      You mean "destructive" earthlings?

      December 20, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
      • Brad

        I would imagine that if life has evolved on other planets, that it would be just as destructive and vilent as humans, some more so, some less, some peasceful and so on.

        December 20, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
      • O'Neill

        I agree with Brad. Throughout history, all living things have been violent in nature in order to survive (survival of the fittest, regardless of species).

        Some species attack unforgivingly, others live in harmony when you would think they wouldn't. Been that way as long as we humans have been on this planet (40K years and going in our current evolutionary form?) and I'm sure it was that way for millions of years prior when other species were dominant on just this planet.

        Given this, I'd say evolution and species on other planets are likely similar to us in that way. As long as they are carbon-based life forms dependent on food/water/air as almost all species on our planet are.

        December 20, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
  25. Jonjo

    So this is breaking news?? So when there is an asteroid heading our way what is that called? Top Secret and a matter of National Security, right? load of crap!

    December 20, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
    • Hugo

      Who said this was breaking news?

      December 20, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
      • Jim

        CNN did, in a banner at the top of the CNN home page.

        December 20, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
    • jk

      1) No; 2) An asteroid heading our way; 3) No.

      Or were you just talking to yourself?

      December 20, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
    • TerryDERP

      Latest news ya derp, not breaking. Derps alive and well.

      December 20, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
    • Ralf The Dog.

      1. This is very important. If you don't understand why, please try educating yourself. Start with the drake equation.

      2. There is no way any government could hide an asteroid that would hit the Earth. There are many amateur astronomers who love to track asteroids and are more than capable of doing the math to plot their path.

      December 20, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
      • Jonjo

        don't be so gullible please! you know damn well that if the gov wants to get rid of it for "National Security" it will get rid of it. asteroid Apophis in 2029. How do we know that this asteroid is really not going to hit us on that year? You trust the experts right? do you trusts an amateur? No I don't think so! All of these scientist are in the gov. pocket. Do you really think that we cannot come up with a cure to all of these diseases? If we can grow a penis, I think getting rid of these diseases is quite simple. As long as there is profit to be made there will never be a cure. EVER!!

        December 20, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
    • Jonjo

      I came in here with a breaking news banner. But anyways, I am well aware of the protocols and all the amateur astronomers out there. But let me tell you something you can discredit an amateur astronomer very easily with the simple fact that he is an amateur if it is a matter of National Security the gov, in order to keep us under control will ruin a name just to keep it quiet. What would you do if there was an asteroid coming in the next 10 years. would you pay your mortgage, would you even have a savings account. These are things that we must consider and demand from our scientific community. That if there is such a thing then we need to know.

      December 20, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
      • KK Denver

        You make the mistake of under populating your imaginary universe. Who is this He that will have his reputation destroyed for national security? There are MILLIONS of amateur astronomers that would be aware of this event .

        December 20, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
      • Jonjo

        Even if millions of amateur astronomers will be aware that does not make them an expert. All you need is 1 experts to discredit millions. and please do not tell me that if an expert is not offered a front seat into surviving he will not lie to the world to save his own a$$. Who is their main source of funding? Who controls most of the satellites? thank very much!

        December 20, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
      • mouser

        Satellites dont find "asteroids" and if someone found an asteroid it would be extremely difficult to hide that in this age of Twitter and Youtube. None of the governments would be able to cover that up. I think you watched the movie Deep Impact too many times where some gov guys kept a reporter from reporting the fact that an asteroid was on a collision course with us. There are too many eyes watching this time and any report of an asteroid could easily be corroborated by too many people.

        However, I understand the gov want or need to cover up something like that until they had a plan to deal with it. Violence would skyrocket if people thought the world was going to end soon.

        December 20, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
      • Jonjo

        I understand that satellites don't asteroids. I am using a simple word as a reference so people can understand instead of using the name Observatory or radar telescope. Yes I have watched Deep Impact and you can say some of the ideas come from the movie which are quite possible. I won't go as far as saying that we are going to build a super tunnel or something like that cause that will give it away. But yes the possibility that the gov. would want to keep it quiet until there is a plan is quite possible and in fact is actually what they would like to do. They still going to want to collect taxes!! LOL

        December 20, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
      • Cedar Rapids

        you cant discredit someone who says that if you yourself look through this telescope you will see it.
        jeez you are a loon.

        December 20, 2011 at 9:41 pm |
    • roguewave

      Look at the URL. This is a freaking blog, not CNN proper.

      December 20, 2011 at 9:04 pm |
  26. WhatHappenedtoAmerica

    But life only exists on Earth. Read the bible, people. geez

    December 20, 2011 at 3:25 pm |
    • Hugo

      Where does the Bible say "only on Earth?"

      December 20, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
    • TerryDERP

      Listen, God created EVERYTHING. Even the pathetic simple minded questions are put into your head by GOD. Listen to him, he will set you free. Yeeee hawww!!! Got a bridge too!

      December 20, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
    • Fairplay

      There were no dinosaurs in the Bible either. Guess they never existed?

      December 20, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
      • 31Mommy

        Actually, the Bible refers to "behemoth" and "leviathan", which many theologians believe were references to dinosaurs.

        December 20, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
    • FM

      Seriously, where does it say that? And if it really does, guess what? It's wrong. Why? Because contrary to what bible thumpers would have us believe the bible was writen by flawed human beings, NOT GOD. Humans have a long track record of being wrong when they try to use a religious book to explain how the universe works.

      December 20, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
    • David

      Well, if you're going to bring up Christian mythology about where there is or isn't life, there is one sect of Christianity that believes in life on other planets: Mormons. Their god even lives on another planet. Maybe their mythology is actually closer to the truth than that of more traditional Christians.

      December 20, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
      • i_know_everything

        tell me you didn't just say that

        December 20, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
      • Brad

        Your an idiot...

        December 20, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
    • jon brown

      It doesn't say that anywhere in the bible. Contrary to what some Christians think, the bible doesn't present all the answers to life and the universe. It presents a roadmap for living right with God. Never says that we're the only ones.

      December 20, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
    • Andrew

      You people aren't too hot at detecting sarcasm are you?

      December 20, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
    • Jonjo

      yeah, yeah – the world is flat too, okay? :D

      December 20, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
    • Fairplay

      @31Mommy. I looked it up. Thanks. I do still have my doubts about the biblical mention of dinosaurs....with all the various species of dinosaurs why would the Bible just name one on land and one in the sea? The Leviathan is a "sea monster".

      December 20, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  27. ClearAndPresentThinking

    This is great news for science. It also gives the whiners and deniers something to whine and deny. I'll stick with the science bunch.

    Most of the scientists I know (and that group numbers in the hundreds) will be in church Sunday celebrating Christmas. Most of the whiner/denier bunch that I know (a few dozen) will be washing their robes for the next Klan meeting.

    December 20, 2011 at 3:25 pm |
    • bobmc

      Scientists in Church, The House of the Holy Oxymoron. Whiners at KKK meetings? Jeesh who attends the PTA and AA meetings? This has to be East Texas!

      December 20, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
  28. Major Nelson

    Genie! Get back in your bottle!

    December 20, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
  29. MJ

    nASA is trying pretty hard to remain relvevant. We have identified more planets without a space program than when we had one.

    December 20, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
    • Ralf The Dog.

      Don't forget, these planets are being found by an ORBITAL telescope. Without a space program we would have a score of 0.

      December 20, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
    • Truth Hurts

      Where are you getting your facts from? Only eight planets have been identified without a space program. More than a hundred have been discovered because and by the space program.

      December 20, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
    • KK Denver

      The space program had nothing to do with identifying planets

      December 20, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
      • Cogito

        Exactly how, KK, do you propose that the telescopes we discovered these planets with got into their orbits?
        Those huge slingshots we were launching satellites with back in Galileo's day?

        December 20, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  30. Apollo 13

    Houston..... we have a problem.

    December 20, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
  31. Scotty

    But Captain... I'm given her all she's got man!

    December 20, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
    • bobmc

      she is coming apart at er seams she cant take this much longer ........ (my 1st marriage)

      December 20, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
  32. Robin Bray

    "The Kepler science team says this is the first time humanity has been able to detect planets of Earth size in the Universe." Someone should tell them about Venus.

    December 20, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
    • Hugo

      Venus is about 5% smaller than Earth. These planets are 3% larger.

      December 20, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
    • Greg

      They should also let them know that it isn't the first... I think Earth was the first one that we discovered.

      December 20, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
    • David

      Or Mars for that matter! However, I will accept that their comment was in regards to objects OUTSIDE of our solar system... I like your style though! :-)

      December 20, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
      • Noocrat

        No, not Mars. That's would be the same thing as saying that our moon is the same size as Mars.

        December 20, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
  33. Sam

    At one time it could have been habitable?? What, did it used to be much farther from it's sun than it is now? Or are they saying that ancient space beings had a much higher tolerance for heat than us Earthlings?

    December 20, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
    • John

      Sam, the sun expands as it gets older eventually engulfing objects. This will happen to us as well, the sun will expand and eat up mercury then venus and Earth will end up dying out before Venus is gone. Eventually Earth will be swallowed up or the sun will blow up before that.

      December 20, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
      • Sam

        So global warming really is a natural occurrence. I knew we didn't cause it.

        December 20, 2011 at 3:25 pm |
    • mamaspace

      A sun will grow overtime, thus it was likely habitable a long time ago and now that the sun is larger, it cannot sustain life.

      December 20, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
    • bobmc

      we are actually looking at earth in the future through a time warp, and they say Global Warming is a Myth

      December 20, 2011 at 3:25 pm |
    • Munk

      Stars, including our own sun, grow in size over time. So it's totally possible that the planets weren't as hot as it used to be when its star used to be smaller. You need some Astronomy 101.

      December 20, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
    • Zach

      Over the course of a stars life the star slowly grows and eventually declines. In hundreds of millions of years, perhaps billions, our own star the Sun will expand and earth will no longer be habital.

      December 20, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
    • Sam

      So what everyone is saying here is that stars remain the same, or even shrink over time?

      December 20, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
  34. Bones

    JIM! I'M A SURGEON, NOT AN ASTRONOMER!

    December 20, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
  35. Robot

    Danger Will Robinson, Danger Will Robinson

    December 20, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
  36. Spock

    Live long and prosper!

    December 20, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
  37. Terry

    Let's see, you are a starving child in Africa. Do you really care if there is a plant such like earth's size out there?

    December 20, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
    • HenkV

      Please sell the equipment you used to send this message and send the money to Africa. Hypocrite!

      December 20, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
      • Terry

        I had rather send my tax dollars. Oh, wait, that was spent on this silliness. Why must you resort to name calling?

        December 20, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
    • Dan, TX

      No, what you really want to do is protest at abortion clinics in the USA.

      December 20, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
      • Terry

        What ??? !!

        December 20, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
    • Ralf The Dog.

      Lets say you are a starving kid in Africa; Do you care Americans eat far too much, drive cars and live in houses that are heated and cooled?

      December 20, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
      • Terry

        Why yes, I do care.

        December 20, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
      • Ralf The Dog.

        Cool, when you give up more food than you need to stay alive, your AC and your car, I will give up science.

        December 20, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
      • Terry

        Science is not the problem. Which science is the problem. Too many Star Trek fans with pipe dreams is maybe also the problem.

        December 20, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
      • Ralf The Dog.

        I would not call, attempting to answer the biggest question in human history a pipe dream. I would call it the most important thing done by humanity to this day.

        December 20, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
    • Dana

      Terry, I think you took a wrong turn when you were looking for the religious "news". This is about science.

      December 20, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
      • Terry

        Who said anything about religion? Is compassion for follow man only based on religion? You guys are all apparently children and have seen too many space movies. Grow up a little please.

        December 20, 2011 at 7:00 pm |
    • TerryDERP

      derp derp derp

      December 20, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
    • Drew

      Probably not, but of course, they're not on CNN.com reading this article either, so what's your point?

      December 20, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
    • JJC

      Lets see, you are a starving child in Africa, and the church has said that using birth control is a sin, and you get aids, would you care that ignorance just killed you? Your argument is that basically there should be no advancement and no one should strive to do or understand anything, if there is a starving child on this planet. Wouldn't that apply to the time it took you to read this article? Couldn't it have been put to better use?

      December 20, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
    • Joe

      I'm more interested in new planets than African kids or even yourself.

      December 20, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
    • jk

      Yes.

      December 20, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
    • Jeff E.

      And here we see the main difference between liberals and conservatives. Conservatives believe people should give their money to causes they deem worthy, liberals believe the money should be taken from the people, by the government, then given to causes the government deems worthy. Sorry, but it takes more true kindness and thought to do the former.

      December 20, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
      • jk

        Government consists of people and is a cause many people deem worthy. False dichotomy is a bad trap to argue from.

        December 20, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
      • Sam

        jk – the fact that you view government as a cause is sad and scary at the same time; and obviously there are many others like you.

        December 20, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
      • Jeff E.

        In general I would agree however our government has grown too large , become too inefficient and wasteful, and has by and large lost it's sense of accountability. It boils down to people being flawed... i'd rather keep flaws on the individual level than the governmental as much as possible. The Federal Government belongs here in space exploration, environmental regulations, defense and not too much else.

        December 20, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
    • Simon

      It really isn't an either/or thing. We actually do have resources to do both we just don't consider starving children a priority.

      December 20, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
    • Kyle

      Right. Because pumping money into Africa will save it from itself, right? How can you be so naive?

      December 20, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
    • etr

      We are not given free food nor free housing in the US either. We earn everything, by daily working our a $ $ off. If africans would stop procreating like rabbits and start working, they would achieve exactly the same. There is no reason why the US has to give up Science just to keep helping other countries and continents more than already has been done. Every country is responsible for their own fate and progress.

      December 20, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
      • Cenzo

        Ignoramus:

        You do realise Africa is the leats populous of the "notable" continents do u? It didn't achieve that by the inhabitants breeding like rabbits. Give back the resources you stole from us then before you start spewing off your bile...

        December 21, 2011 at 6:11 am |
    • Across12

      Terry, the complete idiot.

      December 20, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
    • Jim

      A lot of people don't want to fund basic science, but they're all too happy to enjoy the material benefits that usually eventually flow from scientific discoveries.

      December 20, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
    • BigMike

      Thankfully our pursuit of scientific advancement isn't beholden to the whims of starving African children.

      December 20, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
  38. Mork Frum Ork

    Nanoo, Nanoo!

    December 20, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
  39. Coflyboy

    Hey! Thats the planet the GOP lives on!

    December 20, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
  40. BD

    What? No way! What are the odds?

    December 20, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
    • Jonathan

      I'd imagine 1 in 2 odds. Given there are billions upon billions of planets upon billions of galaxies. Most likely within infinite amount of dimensions.

      December 20, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
    • Dan

      It was just a matter of time. They will find them everywhere now that they know how to find them.

      December 20, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
  41. w l jones

    Keep looking theirs another one in that area similar to those two. There should be an halo around it show the amount of oxygen in air plus a green all over the surface.

    December 20, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
  42. engineer long time

    So they see a rock about the size of earth...........Break out the booz..

    December 20, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
    • Ralf The Dog.

      The point is, by finding one so quickly it boosts our estimates of the total number of Earth sized objects. The more Earth sized objects, the greater the number of Earth sized objects that are the right distance from their stars to have liquid water. The more planets with liquid water, the more life. With our current technology, it is very hard to find an Earth sized planet that is not close to the star. That will soon change.

      December 20, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
      • Paganguy

        The invaders are coming.

        December 20, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
      • bobmc

        Do you think that the dog will evolve seriously, like the simians here on earth, on other earth like with dog like critters, Aggh I get it "Planet Purina"

        December 20, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
  43. pat

    One more step away from the notion that earth and human life are central to all of existence.

    December 20, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
    • popofaces

      everybody knows that

      December 20, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
      • Banjo Bill

        Not in Texas they don't

        December 20, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
      • FM

        No they do not.

        December 20, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
    • Matt

      When you have found life and not just speculation let me know.

      December 20, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
      • Brad

        Your just so naive Matt, your obviously a closed minded person. Your opinion means nothing. You think news of aliens will come out right away....think twice.. You know what that could do to society/ other values.

        December 20, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
    • Grasping At Straws

      Another step? and another and another... the belief that there is other life in the universe (in the absence of any evidence) is less credible than the belief that there is no other life in the universe. So we are expected to keep the charade going simply to disprove the Bible? I'm sure there are some who truly just want to explore and discover, and that is fine, but the majority I believe think they will have their dis-belief in God vindicated if they can only discover a single cell somewhere out there.

      December 20, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
      • FM

        Spoken like a true closed minded religious slave.

        December 20, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
      • KK Denver

        What are you talking about? No one is trying to have their dis-belief in God vindicated, the very fact that it is DIS belief leaves it without need for vindication. I'm not looking for vindication in my lack of belief in Santa Clause. By the way, I do believe in God just not your puny one.

        December 20, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
      • Simon

        We don't need to prove your God doesn't exist. There is no evidence that he exists therefore he doesn't. Just like unicorns and faeries.

        We do have evidence that there is life in the Universe – we are here. It would be absurd to think that out of 100 billion galaxies each with 100 billion stars only hours has a planet supporting life.

        Finding other life in the universe would be the greatest discovery in the history or our planet.

        Funny how those of use without religion find the universe so much more awesome and awe inspiring that you drones with the your closed minds and your primitive beliefs.

        December 20, 2011 at 8:31 pm |
  44. popofaces

    your mom goes to college

    December 20, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
  45. CaliforniaBC

    And people complain about money spent on science. Jeez!

    December 20, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
  46. Bob

    "The two planets are believed to be too close to their sun and thus too hot to be habitable with temperatures ranging from 800 to 14 hundred degrees."
    Oh, just put a little sunscreen on.

    December 20, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
    • andyst

      talk to the left because you just ain't right.

      December 20, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
  47. hammertime

    The "first time humanity has been able to detect planets of Earth size in the Universe"???

    Really? What about Venus?

    December 20, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
    • Ralf The Dog.

      Extra solar.

      December 20, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
      • jk

        The universe includes our solar system. Heck, it's not even capitalized.

        December 20, 2011 at 3:25 pm |
  48. Hey You

    Perhaps we will find the home world of Xenu, therefore finally proving Scientology is the one true religion....

    December 20, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
    • Junius Gallio

      The FSM does not approve of your foolishness. No marinara for you!

      December 20, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
      • TerryDERP

        Spaghetti! It's what's for dinner!

        December 20, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
  49. us1776

    Great job.

    Keep those discoveries coming.

    I hope we see an earth-sized planet with liquid water in the next decade.

    .

    December 20, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
    • Kyle

      That will take more time due to the fact that a smaller planet, further from it's host star, will take longer to exert a noticeable wobble in said star or occult it to provide the necessary dip in observable brightness. That is why most of the planets we are finding are very close to their stars.

      December 20, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
  50. Godzilla

    Has anyone considered that maybe the reporters or scientists are making this stuff up just to keep their jobs? Ministers and preachers do it all the time!

    December 20, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
    • Ralf The Dog.

      The difference with science is, scientists share their data. Some data is faked, however, there are many tests for such. The fundamental key to science is, you try to disprove it. You get far more credit for disproving a test or a theory than you do for putting one out.

      December 20, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
    • Cedar Rapids

      oh jeez. no, their jobs are their jobs, they do not lose them because they do not discover something, after all the serach is part of the process.

      December 20, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
    • Josh

      I resist any of them calling a planet "Earth like" unless they are 100% sure it has liquid water oceans, dry land continents, N/O2 atmosphere, etc.

      December 20, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
    • Stu in Iowa

      Have you ever considered studying science before jumping to silly conclusions? These are real findings, in the near future we may even detect signs of carbon life forms. You are not the person I would want them to talk to first should we find means of communicating.

      December 20, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
    • Dana

      Google seti@home and start searching for life.

      December 20, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
    • Truth Hurts

      Unlike the stuff you read on the Internet, the scientific reports about newly discovered planets are vetted by the Global Scientific community. Before a finding is announced, the information is confirmed by other teams such as the Australians or Europeans for example. Unless it is some kind of global conspiracy, and I hear the comments coming, I rather doubt that this is made up to keep anyone's job.

      December 20, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
      • Tom In Dallas

        The Illuminati will silence you... :P

        December 20, 2011 at 7:01 pm |
  51. Julie

    Funny how there are so many comments here about how this is a waste of money and that they should focus on other things rather than space. Do you not see the importance of this? There is a whole existence out there other than the planet earth. What if people never thought exploring other lands and finding there existence of any importance? Wow people, you need to get up off the couch and broaden your horizons.

    December 20, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
    • Ralf The Dog.

      People don't like what they can't understand. It is called stupidity. It can be cured.

      December 20, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
      • karek40

        I am not sure it is cureable.

        December 20, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
      • Stu in Iowa

        Sorry, ignorance can be cured. Stupidity is forever.

        December 20, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
      • Dr Fixit

        As a nuclear repair department head..... you can't fix stupid.

        December 20, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
      • Ralf The Dog.

        Yes, stupidity can be cured. Darwin came up with the best solution. It just takes quite a few generations.

        December 20, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
      • T-Rex

        It is also called religion

        December 20, 2011 at 6:43 pm |
    • intothemoonbeam

      They also don't realize how little money is being spent for great discoveries like this. The Mars Rover, The ISP, Hubble, Kepler, etc. All of this is being accomplished with just 0.6% of the national budget. Imagine the great discoveries we could be making if we quit starting pointless wars and instead used that money towards scientific research.

      December 20, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
      • Melissa

        or education!

        December 20, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
    • me

      how mush we spending on war and religion funding /tax breaks ?

      December 20, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
    • Grog Says

      You mean like what happened when the Spanish found South America ?

      December 20, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  52. John

    Someday we'll build a telescope powerful enough to see the microscope looking down at us.

    December 20, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
    • Calgrl

      LOL That will be the day!!

      December 20, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
    • Ankush

      Awesome! Well said!

      December 20, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
    • Grog Says

      Caught with our pants down, no less.

      December 20, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
  53. Risky

    Dont forget that even if we do find a perfect planet that can support life, there is a good possibility that the planet could have died a couple billion years ago. Astronomy 101: the light from stars took billions of years to be seen in our night sky.

    December 20, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
    • CAW

      Actually they both are orbiting a planet 1000 light years away which means the light took 1000 years to get here.

      December 20, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
      • Risky

        Never heard of planets orbitting other planets. And I wasnt talking about these two planets; rather, the possibility of finding other planets. But I get your point, and Im sure you get mine.

        December 20, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
      • Ralf The Dog.

        Planets do orbit planets. They are called moons.

        December 20, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
      • CAW

        Yep...got me in a typo...I admit it. fell better now?

        December 20, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
      • CAW

        even that had a typo. FEEL better now. Need to type slower.

        December 20, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
    • Ralf The Dog.

      The point is, finding fuel for the Drake Equation. The more we know about the number of planets and their properties, the more we know about the frequency of life.. (How much there is and how far apart.)

      December 20, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
  54. Tom

    Since we like to donate drones maybe we could send one to Keplar and see if they have weapons of mass destruction since there is such a shortage of them round here!

    December 20, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
    • Josh

      Don't laugh, but the Pentagon is actually PAYING money (funding) for them to see if these planets have any WMD's.

      December 20, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
      • CommonSense

        HAHAHAHAHAHA

        Sorry, Josh. I tried not to laugh, but that was such a funny comment that I couldn't help myself. You're killing me ...

        December 20, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
  55. religion_is_for_the_weak

    I knew it was just a matter of time before the bible nuts started showing up on here spouting their drivel. What an embarrassment to our civilization it would be if aliens came here and the first thing they saw was some evangelical christer lunatic berating him(it) for not knowing what the @#$% he's talking about.

    December 20, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
    • postingstuff

      I am not religious but I find it hard to even remotely possibly care what someone whose called "religion_is_for_the_weak" thinks.

      December 20, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
      • Junius Gallio

        As an agnostic, saying "Amen" to your post may seem somewhat ironic, but please take it in the spirit intended. :)

        December 20, 2011 at 3:21 pm |
      • Banjo Bill

        I won't pay attention to the ramblings of someone who improperly uses the possessive "whose" instead of the contraction "who's". FYI Jesus is dead.

        December 20, 2011 at 3:25 pm |
    • Grog Says

      I had a talk with God today.
      I asked him if he was real.
      He said "no".
      I'm good.

      December 20, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
  56. stinker

    jonjo!! can just imagine what your fart smells like

    December 20, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
  57. jacktors

    Waste of money. No reason for this research. Go read Asimov or something.

    December 20, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
    • intothemoonbeam

      You're an idiot. You do realize NASA is only 0.6% of the budget don't you? We spent 700 Billion dollars on pointless wars in the Middle East, that my friend is whats called a waste of money. Scientific research and space exploration don't get nearly enough money.

      December 20, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
      • Julie

        So nice to see someone here with an open mind who sees the importance of exploration. I am wondering where most of these people leaving such negative remarks came from?!

        December 20, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
      • me

        right on brother !

        December 20, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
    • me

      So says jacktors, as he types away on his personal computer, a direct result of research done for the space program...

      December 20, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
    • CAW

      We spent more in the first month of the Libyan war than we'll spend on the Kepler project for the next 3 and a half years and that was our cheapest war.

      December 20, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
    • Grog Says

      **** Julie

      So nice to see someone here with an open mind who sees the importance of exploration. I am wondering where most of these people leaving such negative remarks came from?!

      John Boehners office.

      December 20, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  58. Russ

    Why aren't they looking at the Zeta Reticuli system in the Milky Way where rumors of "advanced civillizations abound. At least point the thing in the right direction!!

    December 20, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
    • Ralf The Dog.

      They have checked. No planets. They thought they had a "Hot Jupiter" however, that was just the star being unstable.

      December 20, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
    • Leif

      UFO nutters are not a good source of astronomical insight.

      December 20, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
      • Ralf The Dog.

        That is quite true.

        December 20, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
      • MVK

        Hi Leif,

        It's not UFO nutters, but the actual ancient people who said where there "God" told them where he/ she came from. There are stone carvings from the ancient Samaritains, American Indians, Mezo American Indians, India, and Egyptians that claims this.

        December 20, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
      • Ground Zero

        The human race is going to be in shock
        when it finds out the true nature of "man" .
        We are not alone.

        December 20, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
      • Leif

        Hi MVK. You cannot supply a reputable source for that claim. The ancient astronaut nutters are just as bad as the ufo variety. It's lot's of speculation based on their desire to sell books to a gullible public. It's called pseudo science. Leave science to real scientists, not to quacks.

        December 20, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
      • Cocopuf

        To GroundZero :- In fact, it will even be a bigger shock to all those unbelievers when they find out that God does exist. :)

        December 21, 2011 at 10:32 am |
  59. bill

    too hot for life – umm. can we send boehner and the republicans there to investigate it a little more? that may be useful to us here on earth – like in 2012.

    December 20, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
    • Schmedley

      Can't. Democrats spent all the money.

      December 20, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
      • bill

        not a problem – we'll do a 10 minute fund rasier and get it covered. so ask them to start packing.

        December 20, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
      • Lougeee

        There was money left over after the war(s)?

        December 20, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
      • Grog Says

        Democrats had to spend all of the money
        to keep us from going down the toilet after eight years of Bush.

        Zing !
        Your turn.

        December 20, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
    • Chris

      Since Democrats are hell bent on destroying the world... why don't they go to one already destroyed.

      December 20, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
      • bill

        i think that's where the republicans came from. they couldn't agree on a vote to go to mars or here, and thinking they were civilized, we took them in.

        December 20, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
      • Nagash

        Politicians-the fookin' prawns of the Earth.

        December 20, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
      • Leif

        It's the Republicans who are hell bent on destroying this world. They are quite happy to fiddle while we strip the Earth bare
        and further destroy our environment. One day there will be too many people, not enough resources, and then the real fun will begin. The Republicans don't care as long as they can make a buck.

        December 20, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
      • Grog Says

        Sorry Chris, we are too busy trying to fix the mess the republicans left us.
        Republicans are just not paper trained and they poop all over the planet.
        Bad dog.

        December 20, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
    • bill

      Lougeee - yes. we found it in their off-shore bank accounts.

      December 20, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
  60. ufool

    mack!!! maybe u find ya daddy there

    December 20, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
  61. Jonjo

    oh yeah they can speculate that there was water there before. Well i'm going to speculate something too. I just ate two fajitas with black beans and guacamole. I'm going to speculate that I'll be in the toilet soon. :D

    December 20, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
    • Jonjo

      Hell I'm going to give you concrete evidence. I just went to the toilet. Now Speculate!!!

      December 20, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
    • jacktors

      Probably a good guess. Don't forget to courtesy flush.

      December 20, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
    • Ralf The Dog.

      When stars get older and start running out of fuel, they burn hotter. If a planet is orbiting an old hot star, it is not hard to guess that when the star was cooler, the planet was cooler too.

      December 20, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
      • Jonjo

        I know exacly what you mean. So when you eat hot sause then it is not hard to guess that your a$$ will be burning soon right?

        December 20, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
    • me

      Stay classy, Jonjo.

      December 20, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
  62. Craig Holm

    Ok. We've proven out the tech to detect earth sized planets. I'm hoping we'll get off our butts and start coming up with tech to get to those earth sized planets.

    December 20, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
    • James T. Kirk

      Where's Zefram Cochrane when you need him...

      December 20, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
      • jorgath

        Waiting for Will Riker to time-travel back and tell him how to "invent" it.

        December 20, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
  63. GoRemote

    Kepler-20 is a G-type star and is slightly cooler than the sun. It's about 1000 light years away. Conclusion, there are Earth size planets everywhere.

    December 20, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
    • yeahthatsgreat

      Does it really even matter when we can't even get to Mars?

      December 20, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
  64. Soup849

    um.... I thought we already made this discovery. Whats the big deal here? also, if we can't see the planet, how can we know what the size of the planet it is? Basing on the "wobbling" of a sun does not emanate any confidence that these guys know what they are talking about.

    December 20, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
    • Cedar Rapids

      That you do not know how they measure suggests that maybe I have more confidenence that these experts know what they are doing than in your comment.

      December 20, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
    • ZiggyStarDust

      Agreed. I have followed this "wobble" theory since its inception. I have the same question. If we measure the size based on the wobble, whats to say that there aren't other planets pulling the opposite direction from the other side of the star and thus affecting the wobble in a contracoup fashion? Wouldn't that spoil the calculations? I think yes and I think that this is a terribly obvious oversight by these researchers.

      December 20, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
      • Cedar Rapids

        It measures dips in brightness, not an actual physical wobble. A planet on the opposite side of the sun would not affect its brightness.

        December 20, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
    • Hooley

      I agree, what's the big friggin deal, we're obviously not on the only planet in the universe. One's bound to be our size. Wake me when they find one with life!!!!

      December 20, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
    • Robin

      It's not a guess. The planet's size is calculated using scientific principles that have been vetted over hundreds of years. Using the mass of the sun in a planetary system, along with the planet's orbital period, the amount of light blocked by the planet on its transit of its star......the size and mass of the planet can be calculated.

      December 20, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
    • blah9999

      People obviously smarter than you know what they're talking about

      December 20, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
    • Tib

      Oh really, are you an astrophysicist? Have you legitimately studied the magnitude of the errors involved that you can authoritatively say that?

      December 20, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
      • ActuallyAScientist

        Actually, yes. And I can.

        December 20, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
    • john

      I'm guessing these people are a whole lot smarter than you are. I are looking at a lot more than a stars wobble. They are also looking at how much light the planet blocks from the star and the frequency to determine size and distance form the star.

      December 20, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
    • Bill

      How dare you question the NASA priests!!!

      Burn this heretic!!

      December 20, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
    • Soup849

      I love it when I start a good argument. I will concede that NASA folks are smarter than I am, but that doesn't mean they are correct. Seriously though, scientists have been saying they have discovered planets before using this "wobbling" technique for a long time now. Why is this breaking news today? Also, can someone explain to me how they can speculate that it may have had water at one time? Instead of wobbling does the sun jiggle? -Just kidding guys.

      December 20, 2011 at 3:21 pm |
    • Tonelok

      @Soup849
      Sun "wobble" helps to detect the total mass of the object pulling on the sun. But, when that planet crosses between the star and the telescope(kind of a rare occurance considering angles), they can measure the amount of light lost while it crosses and can determine the size of the planet.
      .
      Add it together and you get the earth-like size, and earth-like mass. The math is pretty accurate.

      December 20, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
      • Soup849

        Pretty interesting! Have we done the same testing on the planets in our own solar system? I'm sure it would be on a much different scale, but do the same rules apply. Also, how would we tell if it had water on it or not?

        December 20, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
  65. FreeLuna

    "The Kepler science team says this is the first time humanity has been able to detect planets of Earth size in the Universe. "

    they mean BESIDES Venus and Earth, right? because we've known about those for Millennia.

    December 20, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
    • Cedar Rapids

      I'm not sure looking up in the sky and going 'hey look, a planet' counts as actual 'detecting'

      December 20, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
    • mistamistamu

      I'm guessing that you haven't really read the papers lately, but there are planets outside of our own solar system that are not known to us. Clearly, that is the context that the statement you quoted was made.

      December 20, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
  66. bob

    i found habitable conditions on uranus last night.

    December 20, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
  67. Khan

    This IS Ceti Alpha 5!

    December 20, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
    • James T. Kirk

      Khaaaaaaaaan!!!!!!!!!!!

      December 20, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
      • shan

        http://www.khaaan.com/

        December 20, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
  68. DuckOf Death

    Breaking news intercepted from Kepler 20F and translated by Google ...."Planet known as Errff just discovered.3rd planet from its star. Way too cold to support life (-100 to 120 degrees F) and devoid of intelligent life.. Air may have at once been full of delicious steam but know all the water has unfortunatley condensed and now floods the surface"

    December 20, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
  69. Pete

    First website to sell real estate on the planets probably arrived on the Internet 2 seconds after the announcement.

    December 20, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
  70. joe

    May be we can send all the librals there.

    December 20, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
    • Dave

      Hmmm...maybe you ignorant repugs can learn how to spell "liberal". Duh!

      December 20, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
      • joe

        hehehe, you took the bait... you know libral = lineral, and I typed 1 letter less. BTW, R U a libral?

        December 20, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
    • irunner

      Only if Joe can learn how to spell liberal...

      December 20, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
      • joe

        hehehe, you took the bait... you know libral = lineral, and I typed 1 letter less. BTW, R U a libral 2?

        December 20, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
    • Michael

      Conservatives would never be able to muster up the government funding to make it possible.

      December 20, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
      • joe

        R U a linbral?

        December 20, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
    • David O'Brien-Davis

      let's send the conservatives instead.. they all believe in going to hell anyways. a planet like these would make it a reality for them

      December 20, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
    • Grog Says

      Sorry, the Republicans have already declared war
      when they found oil.

      December 20, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
    • Micky

      Maybe you should stop listening to Sean Hannity and go to the library.

      December 20, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
    • mistamistamu

      He, he. You cannot spell...so don't try to play off your inner Palin by claiming to have any intelligence. You've already proven otherwise by requesting that the most intelligent people, the "liberals" be sent away.

      December 20, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
    • out back counting stars

      Anyone watching the political games being played by the House Republicans this week would know that it is the Repubs who need to be sent to these planets, ASAP. Wake up, tool.

      December 20, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  71. Ralf The Dog.

    More fuel for the Drake Equations!!! Bring it on!

    December 20, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
    • Junius Gallio

      Still too many unknown values, but I quite agree–the more data, the better!

      December 20, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
  72. Jonjo

    okay so when do we move?

    December 20, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
  73. macbach

    A new vacation hot spot.

    December 20, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
  74. Doug

    The odds that we are the only life as we know it in the universe has been reduced to zero. It maybe another 100 to1000 years before we meet our neighbors though. Doug.

    December 20, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
    • Dave

      Do you have any idea how annoying that is when you put your name after a post? Stop it!

      December 20, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
    • Jeff

      Doug,

      I agree with your statement that other life is probably out there. The question still remains as to if it is intelligent. How old is the earth 4.2 billion years? How old is man kind 10,000 – 200,000 years? In this time frame we have only be probing space for 50 years. Mankind may kill its self off before we meet ET. Im sure intelligent life has existed before but the question is are they living now durning our special time.

      December 20, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
  75. lkevinl

    The good news: gravity is similar to Earth, so we'd weigh about the same. The bad news: your skin will melt off and your bones turn to ash in seconds.

    December 20, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
    • Cedar Rapids

      so we would weigh a lot less. :-P

      December 20, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
  76. Adam

    Whoa.. 800 to 1400 degrees? Make sure you bring your sun block...

    December 20, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
    • Toltec

      Send Snooki and her SPF Infinity...

      December 20, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
  77. Joe

    "Scientists speculate that Kepler 20F might have had liquid water at one time in its history and could have been habitable."

    Really? My 2 year old could have speculated that. What evidence whatsoever is there that this planet "might have had liquid"... it's next to its sun and dry as a bone.

    December 20, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
    • Ralf The Dog.

      My guess, the type and age of star that it orbits. When stars get older and start running out of fuel, they burn hotter.

      December 20, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
    • John B

      I hope we can get there some day so we can destroy it like we're doing to this one!!! No not really...but an actual picture would be cool though.

      December 20, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
      • Cocopuf

        To John B :- You will not find another one like the Earth is (period)

        December 21, 2011 at 10:37 am |
    • Adam

      I'm just guessing, but I think they can usually tell that a planet "had" water by errosion. Usually, planets have veinous canyons on their surface that indicate that water used to exist. I don't know how they know it was "water" however.. I suppose it's perfectly possible that it could have been some other liquid.

      December 20, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
      • John

        They didn't actually see the planet. They saw a dark spot and some very slight wobbling of a distant star. No actual images similiar to that of Mars.

        December 20, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
      • Joe

        LOL @ they saw erosion. Even spectral analysis wouldn't help in this case.

        December 20, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
  78. me

    they will start pooping like popcorn's in coming years ... it's so awesome to be witness of all upcoming discoveries. Hope that humanity will open eyes soon, drop our differences and see how ridiculous war's and religion's are . If we invest money ,time and human/natural resources into science for good , we can reach the stars ... If not we will annihilate each others and we'll be forever gone . The choice is ours. Down with dumb,perverted ,greedy politicians and religious leaders. It's time to change our future ...
    Peace and love too all of you !

    December 20, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
    • Adam

      like

      December 20, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
    • spud

      ha ha .. you said pooping

      December 20, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
      • me

        :)

        December 20, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
  79. Richard A. Johnson

    Size matter? Why?

    December 20, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
    • Motley

      size always matters

      December 20, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
    • MarylandBill

      Because if we are hoping to find life that has anything in common with us, then it probably has to come from a planet much like ours. If a planet is say twice the diameter of Earth, its going to be a very different place than our Earth, even if it has similar temperatures and free oxygen in the atmosphere.

      December 20, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
    • me

      bigger planet=stronger gravity= less chance to harbor life as we know

      December 20, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
    • Brian

      Gravity. Your relative mass could crush you in the wrong environment.

      December 20, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
    • noahn

      Gravity is related to mass + they need to be in habitable zone.

      December 20, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
    • Just A. Guy

      Several reasons, for a planet to support life like our it would have to be similar to ours. Our planet is of a certain size and distance from our sun, it has a large metallic core that generates a large magnetic field and it has a large moon that stabilizes our axis.

      Without any one of those things, not to mention water, similar atmosphere, etc then anything resembling complex life would be vastly different.

      Besides, if it won't support OUR life then how can we ship all of our teatards there without killing them.

      December 20, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
    • Mark

      to Richard A. Johnson. Size matters? Size matters depending if we plan to land on a planet that 10x the size of the Earth or not. Let's say there is a habitable planet out there that is 10x the size of Earth. Human would not be able land on this planet. Gravity would crush humans. Also it would be a real discovery if we discover life on other planet that is 10x larger than Earth. if the living creatures resembled us on this planet, we would call them Super Humans. These Super Humans may have hard time to live on Earth due to gravity and vice versa. I hope you get the picture :)

      December 20, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
  80. suennui

    This is cool, but I wish NASA could come up with better names than Keppler 20E and Keppler 20F.

    December 20, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
    • Cedar Rapids

      The Keppler 20fians are a proud race and are insulted at your suggestion that their name is poor.

      December 20, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
      • Cocopuf

        Did u know that God named every single star of His creation? That is a fact of life. :)

        December 21, 2011 at 10:42 am |
    • Schmedley

      NASA just gives it a number desigation as part of the cataloging process.

      Many times amateur astronomers or school kids submit the names that eventually get officially adopted. So, if you have a cool name, send it in. You never know, it might get selected.

      December 20, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
    • lkevinl

      They did... "Kepler" is way better than "Keppler". How could you make that mistake TWICE in your post when the name is in the subject of the article directly above?!?

      December 20, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
      • Schmedley

        Good to see that the spelling Nazis are on duty...

        December 20, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
    • logan5

      just about everything ever discovered or created has been designated an eponymic name. In other words things are always named after the person who discovered them or created them. Streets, towns, countries, you name it. Whats so wrong about naming these things after a famous astronomer? I think the names of Greek and Roman gods are pretty much used up

      December 20, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
    • Grog Says

      The Kepplerians have just declared war.

      December 20, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
  81. Jeff

    Gee, thanks for info like, where it is, how far, etc.

    December 20, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
    • Ralf The Dog.

      Second star on the left, then straight on till morning.

      December 20, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
    • Motley

      in space,.. long ways away

      December 20, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
    • J.C.

      Planning a weekend getaway?

      December 20, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
    • bill

      like far-out man.

      December 20, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
    • Adam

      I these planets are in the same solar system as the other "Earthlike" planet that they announced earlier this month, I think it's like 600 light years away or something like that.

      December 20, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
  82. Mork (from Ork)

    NaNu Nanu Earthlings .... welcome to my home. The deflector shields ae up. We are not that hot as NASA says.

    No Kardashians, no Tebows, and no lawyers on our planet.

    Welcome EARTHLINGS ( now sent us some gold will ya? )

    December 20, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  83. bam

    why is this breaking news?????? these planets are being toasted alive.... the previous one that had close to the earths climate was more newsworthy cept of course it was larger than earth cuz the SIZE matters somehow

    December 20, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
    • Tha Chikin

      It is news because it is a MIRACLE they found anything at all.

      December 20, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
    • Cedar Rapids

      because it shows how they can detect rocky planets that are earth sized or even smaller now instead of just the hulking great gas giants.

      December 20, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
    • tj

      Size does matter. Its about density, and gravity. When the day comes that we develop the technology for interstellar travel we need to be able to go to a planet close to our size so that it does not effect our bodies negatively. Too much gravity and it would be like weighing 500lbs here on earth. Your joints would fail. Thats why you see massive bone loss in Astronauts who spend a lot of time in 0 G. Trust me, no matter what your wife says.... Size matters!

      December 20, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
      • Joe

        Too much gravity and you'd simply have a heart attack.

        December 20, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
    • me

      Those are first earth sized planets ever discovered ...

      December 20, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
    • Ralf The Dog.

      It is easier to find a bigger planet than a smaller one. More importantly, it is much easier to find a planet that is close to it's star than one that is far away. If we can see these two that are close up, there are probably many more that are farther out. This gives us much more data for the Drake Equations.

      December 20, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
    • J.C.

      Size matters in the sense that this is the first time that a planet this small has been able to be detected around another star.

      December 20, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
    • Schmedley

      The size matters for a number of reasons. One, the smaller ones are far harder to detect. Try holding a BB in front of a mercury vapor lamp and see how well you can see it from 2 miles away.

      Second, even if the planet has water, if it is too large, the significantly increased gravity would mean life would be adapted differently. Plus, if we were ever able to get there, it would make living there pretty difficult for humans.

      December 20, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
    • HurricaneHugo

      It's newsworthy due to the small size of the planet, I believe this is the smallest we have detected.

      Previous discoveries have been Jupiter-sized planets.

      Going forward, we will see a bunch more planets being discovered as we can detect smaller and smaller planets.

      December 20, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
    • Robin

      This is newsworthy because it is a technical challenge to detect planets that small at such great distances. It requires indirect measurement and many observations over an extended time to detect these things. Surf the net to find articles about planet detection, and you'll see why it is such a challenge.

      December 20, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
    • Grog Says

      Bam Bam, go play with pebbles,
      the adults are busy.

      December 20, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
    • ME

      Well, it does suggest that detection is improving. If we can see planets as small as Earth, then we have a better shot at finding another planet that would theoretically be close enough of a match to ours that we'd be able to have great expectations for finding life.

      December 20, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
  84. Henry

    In route to a mass tease. Eventually, an earth like planet with water in the habitable zone will be discovered and it will be hundreds of light years away, millions of years travel time.

    December 20, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
    • Junius Gallio

      You're right–we can't travel there. But does that mean that knowing they are there is useless?

      December 20, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
  85. Mike

    {Yawn}...these fools (atheistic scientists) keep trying to search the cosmos to find answers to life when all they need to do is open their Bible. Oh wait, we can't do that...it's better to dream up imaginary (unproven) theories like macro-evolution in order to suppress the obvious signs of creation science. CNN is the central hub of this scientific non-sense. People spend hundreds of years to discover what the Bible already states.

    December 20, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
    • oh please

      youre the fool. Beliving in God while using SCIENCE to spout your bull.

      YOURE USING SCIENCE.....wheres your God now?

      December 20, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
      • Mike

        The only reason science exists is because God created natural laws that allow for repeatable experiments to take place. And, the logic you use to come up with your scientific philosophy is yet another "proof" for the God you deny. Wake up, moron. Science has already proven that time, space, and matter had a beginning. Did they create themselves? Let me get this straight...at one time nothing existed and it somehow created itself into everything that exists. Wow, brilliance.

        December 20, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
      • Cedar Rapids

        lol mike, you claim that as 'proof' and then claim that he is the moron? too funny.

        December 20, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
      • intothemoonbeam

        Hey Mike here is the quote of the day for you; "People who don't value Science, value ignorance."

        December 20, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
      • Mike

        If there is no God then how do you think? You're just molecules in motion. Your thoughts are predetermined chemical explosions. There's no logic or reason in the periodic table. All you "scientists" use your God-given attributes to argue that God doesn't exist. And we're idiots? Funny stuff...

        December 20, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
      • Adam

        Mike – the reason people are mocking you is because you are using a weak argument to prove your point. You can't assume what you're trying to prove. Also, don't make the mistake of tacking God on to the end of a scientific explanation.. it "dies the death of 1000 qualifications". I'm not trying to pick a fight with you. Just put a little bit of thought into what you say. You're asserting your beliefs as fact.. people aren't gonna take you seriously.

        December 20, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
    • hawkechik

      ". . . imaginary (unproven) theories. . . " Kinda like the Christian bible, innit?

      December 20, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
    • The Jackdaw

      Your head is filled with nonsense. Grow up.

      December 20, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
    • Dave

      {Yawn} The Bible, hand picked folk-tales.

      December 20, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
    • Jason

      {Yawn}...these fools (religious followers) keep trying to search their playbook (bible) to find answers to life when all they need to do is open their minds. Oh wait, we can't do that...it's better to dream up imaginary (unproven) theories like Virgin birth, resurrection, and transubstantiation in order to suppress science. Religious fanatics are the central hub of this non-sense. People spend hundreds of years looking for answers in a book of fables written by men who wanted control over the masses.

      December 20, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
      • ckelley116

        @Jason – If I wasn't already married, I might ask you. One of the best responses I've read in a long time.

        December 20, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
      • pat

        ... and men trying to control women.

        December 20, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
    • intothemoonbeam

      "People who don't value Science, value ignorance."

      December 20, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
      • Ralf The Dog.

        Bravo!

        December 20, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
    • Len

      So glad the Bible went over all of this. You should be a millionaire for amazing insight! NOW STFU and let the adult get back to talking. Thank you.

      December 20, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
      • Mike

        You STFU Len...you beacon of reason. Your mindless theories have no fact whatsoever yet you somehow claim science can tell us everything. It's amazing how science (which only measures the natural world) can somehow prove for a fact that the supernatural doesn't exist. You, my friend, are the poster child for ignorance.

        December 20, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
    • macbach

      What? The bible says there's no life outside our own planet? I must have fallen asleep during bible school. BTW, nowhere in the bible does it say life does not exist outside our own planet, bible freak. BTW, tell your "god" to fix this crappy planet he made & fix the people running it.

      December 20, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
    • Motley

      The bible stated there were earth size planets in that area,... really??? where did it state that,...

      December 20, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
    • Cedar Rapids

      creation science is an oxymoron.

      December 20, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
    • Bob

      How do you know these scientists are atheists? Meanwhile, your "creation science" comment is so funny, I may hyperventilate. But please, you continue to enjoy that fairy tale concoted by your ancestor cultists.

      December 20, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
    • Risky

      Holy crap Mike, you blew my mind. Now take that gun and blow your own.

      December 20, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
    • AScientist

      I love reading about fairy tales from this so called 'bible'.

      December 20, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
    • LeRoy_Was_Here

      Darned tootin! We's oughtter git all that Darwan ape-man monkee bizness noncents outta are skools! Stuped teachhers dont teach them kids nuthin' but how's to put on a condim! Then we gets kids humpin' each other like bunnys, write their in the skool hallway! It sick, is what it is! Get back to teachin' REAL Sceince in skool! Ain't no sucha thing as ATOMS, neither! Wood is wood is wood, no matter'n how much ya chop it up! Have you ever been choppin' wood, and got down to ATOMS? HA ! Case closed !!

      December 20, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
    • pat

      You have to be born smart and invest great effort if you want to understand physics but any idiot can read a bible and claim the spirit has entered them.

      December 20, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
    • JD

      God is science, and science is God...and I think this is wonderful news! However, the bible is a man-made fairy-tale.

      December 20, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
    • Nick

      LOL!! I can see, Mike, that your tongue is planted firmly in your cheek.

      December 20, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
      • Cedar Rapids

        You are close, its actually his head up his a ss

        December 20, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
    • midwestbilly

      I want to know where all of the angels have gone? I have heard, seen pictures, and read about them but I have not seen one in my life time. Any suggestions where to look,,,,perhaps outerspace?

      December 20, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
    • Jeff

      you are an idiot.

      December 20, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
      • midwestbilly

        Me????

        December 20, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
    • Brian

      Yes. A book written thousands of years ago by goat herders, prior to the existence of electricity, telescopes, etc., has all the answers we will ever need!? Why don't we just all go hide under a rock and wait to die then?

      The Bible is supposed to be a story that inspires hope. Listening to Evangelicals like you talk about it as fact makes me feel completely hopeless. I'm glad you're not my preacher...

      December 20, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
    • Grog Says

      Mike,
      God has just installed a "smite" button on his keyboard.
      You are first.

      December 20, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
    • Carebear

      Wowwwww. It's people like you who remind me how extremely lucky I was to be raised without religion. Most of us read and comment on these stories because we are interested and fascinated. YOU comment on these stories simply with the self-absorbed goal of ruffling feathers. Does Jesus tell you that being an egotistical, hypocritical snob will put you on the path to heaven? Keep bad-mouthing everyone you possibly can... maybe you'll go to "hell" and realize it's exactly like that scorching earth-sized planet you read about. ;-)

      December 20, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
    • Bryan Of Nazareth

      If scientific discoveries are so 'yawn' and misguided in your mind then why are you burrowing around in a NASA cosmological report?

      Could it be the insecure religious sheep's need to discredit that which threatens them? Who are you trying to convince that science is wrong ... Us or you? Hey ... don't believe in evolution? We agree ... I don't believe you've evolved either, you squeaking fearful chimp.

      December 20, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
    • Drew

      I never understand how literate and semi-intelligent people just believe in ANYTHING. For example, I believe that the Swingline stapler on my desk is God. If I write that down, will tools/fools believe me 2,000 years from now?

      December 20, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
      • Bryan Of Nazareth

        Sadly it doesn't take 2,000 years. A short homely sociopathic Korean retard has just become a God two days after his passing.

        Truly they fool you by walking upright.

        December 20, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
      • Smurf This

        I am writing the Smurfy bible.
        Pappa Smurf demands smurfberries
        or you will go to smurfy hell.
        He will torture your little blue butt.
        A smurf is, as a smurf does.
        Smurf the other smurf.

        Be right back....working on Smurfette.

        December 20, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
    • Bobby

      "it's better to dream up imaginary (unproven) theories like macro-evolution in order to suppress the obvious signs of creation science." Yes, and believing in talking snakes, burning bushes that talk, and that a guy lived inside the belly of a whale are way more believable lol

      December 20, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
      • Carebear

        Amen. Tee he he. :-)

        December 20, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
    • jk

      And the Bible passage saying this planet exists is....?

      December 20, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
      • Cocopuf

        The first couple of chapters in Genesis gives you the answer in more details than we can all comprehend. :) The answers are in the 66 Books of The Bible. The others don't even come close. :)

        December 21, 2011 at 10:50 am |
    • Junius Gallio

      Satire has its limits, and I fear you have exceeded them. Your post is neither as interesting as "Brave New World," nor as light-hearted as "A Clockwork Orange."

      Nor as useful as "A Modest Proposal."

      December 20, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
    • Cogito

      {YAWN}....
      I'm sorry...
      Did you say something Mike?
      Wake me when it's something intelligent.

      December 20, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  86. Jamie

    So these are the first Earth-sized planets in the universe...other than Earth, right?

    December 20, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
    • intothemoonbeam

      Yes, but they are nothing like Earth in terms of the planetary conditions.

      December 20, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
  87. danial54

    So..........size matters?

    December 20, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
    • AL in West Palm Beach

      If you have to ask, MINE IS WAY BIGGER.

      December 20, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
      • Grog Says

        Its not the meat, its the motion.

        December 20, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
    • Yay

      Duh

      December 20, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
    • wavejump1100

      its not the size of your rod that matters its the way you wiggle your worm

      December 20, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  88. Wicked Fairy

    With the deployment of the JWST (James West Space Telescope) these planets will be directly observable and land/water information/photographs allow NASA to determine if potential life is or was present.

    December 20, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
    • Engineer

      Wrong.

      JWST will not be able to see planets, they they have very small (angular) separation from their stars, and are very dim in comparison. Two proposed missions that will likely be the first to collect reflected light from the surface of a planet are Terrestrial Planet Finder and New Worlds Observer

      December 20, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  89. Wobbles

    Republicans could live there, after all, they are the "party from hell."

    December 20, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
    • Yay

      Democrats couldn't see or hear about it because they got their heads up their @sses

      December 20, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
      • Dont Take The Brown Acid

        You have to be carefully taught............

        Yay

        Democrats couldn't see or hear about it because they got their heads up their @sses

        Very sad and childish.

        December 20, 2011 at 6:03 pm |
    • ME

      Seriously, man, let it go. Can't you be excited about a discovery without the idiotic urge to rant?

      December 20, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  90. AL in West Palm Beach

    To :: All those of us with a brain

    Can we agree that if we find another habitable planet we live anything "god" on this one before we head there?

    December 20, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
    • CosmicTwinky

      Ok AL. We'll LIVE God here once you learn how to spell LEAVE...

      Yet another sterling product of public education, I see?

      December 20, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
    • Junius Gallio

      Yet another sterling example of why I usually do not refer to myself as an agnostic in public.

      People like you give other irreligious folks a very bad name.

      December 20, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
  91. Ralf The Dog.

    I thought we were standing on the first Earth sized planet discovered. My only question, does it have intelligent life?

    December 20, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
    • AL in West Palm Beach

      I'd not call 1/3 of the bipeds on this one "intelligent", and I'm being generous.

      December 20, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  92. GOD

    The two planets are believed to be too close to their sun and thus too hot to be habitable with temperatures ranging from 800 to 14
    hundred degrees. So why is it news? I've scattered rocks approx the size of earth throughout the universes - note that is plural, universeS!.

    December 20, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
    • Ralf The Dog.

      Planets near their stars are easy to find. If we can find two that are near their stars, there are probably many that are in the Goldilocks Zone.

      December 20, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  93. cam582

    At least they are now proven to exist. Just need find some habitable ones for when we need to inevitably ditch our own.

    December 20, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  94. Andrew

    When you find an "earth" life filled planet, then put it to the news.

    December 20, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
    • MarylandBill

      Current techniques are incapable of getting anywhere near enough information to determine if a planet actually has life or not. It might be decades before we can look at a planet the size of the Earth 50 light years away and even tell if it has an atmosphere.

      December 20, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
      • Cocopuf

        The more we search, the more we find out, and the more questions it creates. Eventually, the unbelievers will know that there must be a greater than life out there who has in fact created us all ... for a reason. :)

        December 21, 2011 at 11:01 am |
  95. Joe Del Rio

    Hey CNN,
    Thanks for letting us know, but could you ask NASA to give us the head up if happen to find a planet with functional Congress?

    thanks

    December 20, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
    • hawkechik

      That would be nice.

      December 20, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
    • Remmy

      Great question! But what can CNN answer...

      December 20, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
    • Cedar Rapids

      I think I would start believing in god before i started believing in a functional congress.

      December 20, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
  96. pasky

    Hey CNN, that story was published hours ago on the British tabloid The Sun. Does NASA inform the foreign press first ?

    December 20, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  97. ME

    In before the political/religious highjack comments:

    This is an Awesome Find! Hope we get a true "Earth Twin" candidate soon.

    December 20, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
    • Tha Chikin

      AMEN!

      December 20, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
    • Cocopuf

      You look up in the sky late at night and it IS even more awesome. That alone should tell you something about yourself and everything else around you ... lest you are blind, and don't understand what you are seeing. :)

      December 21, 2011 at 11:13 am |
  98. lkevinl

    Great! Who ever gets there first gets to be GOD! I'm going to start writing my bible now!

    December 20, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
    • Mack

      I'll be your demi-god. I'm the deity of pimpin'. Ladies, ya heard?

      December 20, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
    • Matt

      You could start it out by explaining how stupid you are.

      December 20, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
  99. sharoom

    Cool.

    December 20, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
  100. Dpr69

    and the comment board goes crazy with... boredom

    December 20, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
    • Bachmann is a loon.

      Thats why im here, extreme boredom....

      December 20, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
      • Cocopuf

        Perhaps then, there is no hope for u and many others like u who persist on not seeing the Light of this World. :)

        December 21, 2011 at 11:08 am |
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