Astronomers: Billions of 'super-Earths' in habitable zone of red dwarf stars
An artist's rendering of sunset on Gliese 667 Cc, a previously-discovered super-Earth.
March 28th, 2012
06:30 AM ET

Astronomers: Billions of 'super-Earths' in habitable zone of red dwarf stars

If you're trying to count how many planets could be candidates for harboring life in our galaxy, this might blow your mind: Scientists now say there could be billions of them.

Astronomers working with the European Southern Observatory's (ESO) HARPS instrument estimate that in our galaxy, there are tens of billions of rocky planets not so much bigger than Earth orbiting red dwarf stars within the habitable zones of those relatively cool stars. A habitable zone is the area in a star system where liquid water can exist on a planet's surface without boiling away or staying frozen.

Specifically, the planets that have astronomers so excited are called super-Earths, meaning they can have up to 10 times more mass than our planet. That's important distinction because some scientists believe these super-Earths have a better chance of being habitable than planets about the size of our Earth.

While scientists have previously concluded that every star in the Milky Way has at least one planet in orbit around it, this is the first time they've been able to get a good count of just how many super-Earths might exist.

Still, scientists haven't concluded what "habitable" means in this context. Sara Seager, a professor of planetary science and physics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, told CNN in an e-mail that while the ESO result is exciting, there's a lot more work to be done. Since a super-Earth would likely have a more massive atmosphere than Earth, such a planet would be much hotter than Earth and liquid water on the surface might not be possible.

Xavier Bonfils, of the Observatoire des Sciences de l'Univers de Grenoble, France, said in a release that these new observations indicate that 40% of all red dwarfs have rocky planets orbiting in their habitable zones. Our own sun is a hotter G V, or yellow dwarf, star and is more than twice as massive as a red dwarf.

Because about 80% of stars in the Milky Way are red dwarfs (also referred to as M-class stars), this leads to the conclusion that tens of billions of rocky planets exist in habitable zones in our galaxy. The Jupiters and Saturns of the galaxy, which are more massive and gaseous giants, are more rare around red dwarfs.

A lot of these promising planets are relatively nearby neighbors. The estimates suggest that there are 100 super-Earths in habitable zones around stars 30 light years or less from us.

Seager says having a quantitative estimate of the number of red dwarfs is a "great stride" in the science of exoplanets.

"We are sure, though, that because there are billions of stars in our galaxy alone, and because planet formation is a random process, many stars will end up with potentially habitable planets," she said.

The next step for the ESO team is to identify more super-Earths using both the current HARPS as well as other instruments, to study their atmospheres, and to search for life.

Follow @CNNLightYears on Twitter

soundoff (1,104 Responses)
  1. Ken

    Atheist thumpers Jesus is Lord get over it you fools.

    March 28, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
    • Zaximus42

      Shhhh. It's ok. Shhhh. The Athiests aren't real. Go back to sleep sweety. Shhhhh. *Holds Ken in his arms and gently rocks him back to sleep*

      March 28, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
    • closetiguana

      I don't get a chance to talk to religious folk. Why do you say "Jesus is Lord"? Why not "the Lord"?

      March 28, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
    • AGuest9

      You missed it. This isn't the Faith Blog.

      March 28, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
      • closetiguana

        I'm not that interested that I'd journey over to a faith blog.

        March 28, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  2. Moi

    Is that "merely" billions of planets out there that could support life..... or, to quote the late Carl Sagan, is it "billions and billions"?

    March 28, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
  3. Doug

    Is this forum moderated? The number of "Responses" seem to far exceed the number that actually appear. While my quotes of Clarke and Tsiolokovsky did appear, my comments on FTL ships that could reach those worlds as destinations did not.I even referenced a US Patent on such a ship.Please post my comment or tell me why it is not more relevant than the religious idiocy you are posting which is way off topic.

    March 28, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
    • Zaximus42

      I agree. I just tried posting about an article talking about life signs closer to us within our solar system and it won't let me. I seem to be only able to comment now. 😦

      March 28, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
    • Colin

      its not the content. It will not allow words like ti.t or cu.m even if those letters appear in the middle of words, like inst.itution. Seperate them with a period, like I do.

      March 28, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
  4. JMan

    It would take a fool to not realize just how tiny we are in this Universe. Anyone who even thinks they have a grasp on the constants in this universe is an idiot. There is life out there, that much is for certain. The question is, is what kind of life? Intelligent? Microbes? Animals? Maybe Humans are one of the first evolved species in the galaxy? Maybe we're one of the last to evolve. Who knows...

    In any case, our future is in space. Not cooped up on this overpopulated planet that won't be able to sustain human life in 200 years.

    March 28, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
    • Zaximus42

      "Is it Snowing Microbes on Enceladus?" Good article...search it.

      March 28, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
  5. Credit Card

    You know what is really cool about God...? He / she wants everyone to probably do 4 simple things – know and practice right from wrong, grow, believe in what's right for "you", and respect and take care of all life... Believing in a 'Not God' is believing in something, and s/he's probably cool with that, as long as we do the other stuff...

    March 28, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
    • kilmo

      ah yes, the 4 Commandments

      March 28, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
      • Credit Card

        Yeah – got to keep it simple... boil it down to it's essence... We are talking about humans here...

        March 28, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
      • closetiguana

        Good one. Never mind the other commandments.

        March 28, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  6. matt

    go Phillies!!

    March 28, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
  7. JS, WFBJ

    Why is it so hard for people to understand that when scientists talk about finding life on other planets, they don't necessarily mean ET? They are referring to any form of life, even basic life forms.

    March 28, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
    • Colin

      Agreed, even if one discounts panspermia, we do no that there are many organic compounds out there, even nucleotides, so I think our first find, if any, will be a microbe, it won't be the home run of intelligent life. do the math, those critters can stand wider ranges of temperature, hibernate virtually in perpetuity, and breed like crazy. More bacteria in one human stomach than the 110,000,000,000 odd people who have ever lived.

      March 28, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
    • Norm

      Cause no one cares about bacteria. I agree it would be profound, but not to most.

      March 28, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
  8. Justin

    If we ever discover the technology to go back and forth to other sustainable planets, then that achievement along is something great, but think about how frightening the time being spent on a new planet could be. Then think about living on a new planet for the next 30 years. A family could have a child, and the child would be raised up not knowing what Earth really is. Just try to imagine how much of a struggle it could be to get him or her to go to Earth. The idea of going would be as far and bold as the stars themselves.

    March 28, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
    • Zaximus42

      There's a great fiction book about this topic actually. Containment I believe it's called and it came out late last year. Written by an IT Professional gone author. It's pretty good. If you are a reader you might want to check it out.

      March 28, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
  9. TOP HAT

    YES IT IS TRUE WE AS PLEOPLE THAT LIVE TOGETHER NEEDS SOME LAWS.BUT TO CONTROLL ALL OF US ALL THE TIME ABOUT EVERYTHING THAT WE ALL DO IN OUR LIFE IS TO MUCH WE ALL HERE TO BE FREE ON THIS PLANET POOR OR RICH.AT THE END WE ALL ARE BORN TO DO ONE THING AND ONE THING ONLY AND THAT IT TO DIE AT THE END.SO YOU CAN GIVE YOUR LIFE TO A HUMAN TO CONTROLL IT OR TAKE CONTROLL OF IT YOUR SELF.ONE LIFE ONE DEATH.ONLY THE WEEK MINDED PEOPLE CAN BE CONTROLL.BUT NOW THE STRONG IS LOCK UP OR TAX.THEY PASS LAWS TO CONTROLL US ALL. THEY PASS TAX LAWS TO KEEP US ALL UNDER CONTROLL.

    March 28, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
    • closetiguana

      DOES TYPING IN CAPITALS ADD IMPORTANCE TO YOUR STATEMENT?

      March 28, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
  10. keep your hope and change

    It's funny, the liberals and atheists like to talk about how logical and science oriented they are but they really work from a lot of wild assumptions and speculation rather than the hard facts they claim. Not to mention the reality of ever being able to determine whether in fact, one of these other "bastions of life" actually contain life. My math may be wrong here but if these planets are 30 light years away, that is about 6 trillion miles. The shuttle (RIP) traveled at 18,000 MPH which would mean it would take about 38,000 years to travel one light year. SO, 38,000 x 30 light years is 1,140,000 years to reach these planets. Now, I'm all for space exploration. It's cool to see God's creation and learn about it, but let's keep this realistic in how much money we are going to spend on wild assumptions about life in other places.

    TO really blow your mind, in order for this to even remotely help the human race, you would have to ingrain in your children and all f their descendents for the next 11,400 generations a virtually "religious" belief that their traveling from earth to a new planet of "milk and honey" was worth while or necessary to justify being stuck on a Battle Star Galactica ship knowing that they will likely never get to arrive at the destination that may or may not exist. Talk about the amount of faith that would take!!!

    March 28, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
    • Zaximus42

      You just reposted this....:( This is one of those groups that scouts articles and comments to push an agenda isn't it? It is an election year after all.

      None-the-less, BACK TO THE ARTICLE: I heard that the greatest challenge for this (At work we are discussing the article itself...crazy...I know) would be the overcoming the radiation out there. So my previous comments on propulsion and sustainability is probably not the biggest issue. Feel free to comment ABOUT THE ACTUAL ARTICLE!!

      March 28, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
      • JS, WFBJ

        Yeah but the rule is if you post it three times, then it has to be true.

        March 28, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
      • keep your hope and change

        Yet you still can't address that this is an endeavor that will never be proven to be fact. It is pure speculation and assumption for the sake of itself. No benefit will come from this research. There will be no Tang, or velcro, or any of the other numerous advancements to society by speculating that there is life out there nearly 1.5 million years away. I can think of several things to spend excess money on if we just need to get rid of it.

        March 28, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
    • closetiguana

      Is it required that we visit a planet to confirm it has or had life?

      March 28, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
      • closetiguana

        If a life form picked up our radio-waves millions of years from now couldn't it determine that a life form on earth create this radio-wave?

        March 28, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
    • kilmo

      You're thinking is closed minded. Who says traveling in the future will have to be like it is now? It is possible worm holes exist.. it can't be disproven.

      March 28, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
      • keep your hope and change

        Assuming a worm hole exists simply because it hasn't been proven not to exist is the silly assumptions and speculation I'm referring to. It's not being closed minded, it's being realistic. When someone comes up with a teleporter or a worm hole then great, let's go. But to spend a lot of time effort and money and justify it by claiming there could be life out there is being very disingenuous and for those who fall for it it's being very gullible.

        March 28, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
      • AGuest9

        Because "keep", they're just going to come up with a warp drive engine in their garage on a shoe-string budget?

        March 28, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
      • keep your hope and change

        They probably will, but we will never hear about it because they will keep it for themselves and disappear. They are probably the life we will find when we finally get to these planets. The really smart ones who went before. They are sitting out there now, looking up at us wondering, "Should we tell them? Nah, it's nice and quiet here."

        March 28, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  11. Clinton

    Colin,
    Since i have better things to do with my time than sit here and argue with you, this is my final post. You have no idea if God is real or not, you don't believe but you have no proof that he doesn't exist, even great scientists have acknowledged that God / a creator may exist. On the other side of the coin. I can NOT prove to you he does exist. This is not news... this is not a new revalation. This debate has history and will continue for ages. I have no problem with that debate. I think it's fine. Question everything, that is what human beings are good at and we should. My problem with you specifically and folks like you. Is that you're so steadfast that everyone is wrong who doesn't believe like you that you feel it's your duty to attack others. You do it constantly on this board... Insult people's beliefs left and right... and sadly, you don't even know what IS right. So you see, you are a hatefilled person. You are no better than a Fascist or a Nazi... you believe something and you HATE other people's ideas and beliefs... you are essentially a racist. That is wrong. you are wrong. You have no respect for others... and while i respect those that believe differently than i do, you better believe i'm going to let you hear it if you attack my beliefs. Seriously, you may not believe in the Bible... but you should believe in something, because you failed to pick up morality along the way.... all you have is hate and intolerance... lets see how far that gets you buddy...

    March 28, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
    • Colin

      Hate no, frustration, yes. I find it amazing that, in the 21st Century, we are still debating whether a dead Jew came back to life and joined his daddy back in heaven so they coul spend the rest of eternity supervising human beings on one of at least 100,000,000,000 planets in each of 200,000,000,000 galaxies, based on nothing more than late Iron Age Palestinian mythology.

      And people who hold such views get offended when I call such views stupid to the point of complete absurdity!!

      March 28, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
      • Clinton

        I lied colin, this is my last post... i knew you couldn't resist but to try and counter my point about you being full of hate with an argument that is full of hate. And i was absolutely right.... look you simpleton.. Asking you to believe God sent his Son to teach us how to live 2000 years ago is as believable to me as when an idiot like you tells me to believe that we are an astronomical mistake, that Gravity happens to work perfectly and that there are magical particles that ALWAYS existed that exploded billions of years ago culiminating in a perfect system of balance to allow not only life but intelligent life. Your ignorance knows no bounds... you know nothing of what you speak. Asking me to throw away what i believe and have FAITH that your belief in magical – always existing – particles that defy the laws of physics (matter in this universe cannot be created nor destroyed) makes NO more sense than me asking you to believe in God... So stuff it you ignorant pius pile of doosh.

        March 28, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
      • AGuest9

        "Luke, join me, and we could rule the Galaxy together, as father and son." Sound familiar?

        March 28, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
    • Snow

      FYI, when someone makes an outrageous claim, (there is god and he made everything), the onus is on them to prove that the claim is true. But, it needs logic and reasoning to understand why that onus is on you.. so I don't think you would get it.

      March 28, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
  12. kilmo

    I can't wait for the day we find life on another planet. Maybe at that point we can stop fighting with each other over our religious beliefs and start working together to explore this vast universe.

    But alas, I am sure we will kill ourselves before that.

    March 28, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
    • Alex Gessong

      @kilmo: don't be so certain, my friend! Humans beat the odds just by surviving for this long. Now there are over 7 billion of us, spread all over the world. Wars, plagues, natural mega-disasters, and still we survive. At this point, we're pretty much here until the Sun wipes out the planet far in the future. We are the ultimate apes, and we rule this rock! Rejoice! If we do ever contact extraterrestrials, we'll have an amazing story to tell them!

      March 28, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
  13. Credit Card

    I believe in several weeks, a gravitational singularity will open on a CNN server, and all these comments will move to the cosmic either... I posted, therefore I was...

    March 28, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
  14. JS, WFBJ

    Could God create a pizza roll so hot, even he couldn't eat it?

    March 28, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
  15. scir91onYouTube

    WHO CARES? that's the best comment you will ever read. we live short lives. let us enjoy them and be happy while we are here. does it matter if fido from planet x exists? come on. really.

    March 28, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
  16. Pete

    Odds of the ship's life support, propulsion, or any other essential system failing at any time before your great great ... whole lotta greats! grandchildren get there thousands, if not tens or hundreds of thousands of years, before you get there?

    March 28, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
    • Zaximus42

      With current technology...we don't stand a chance. But there are advances in technology that are really amazing. The develpment of the proton engine has a lot of potential but needs a lot more development. A phased system would likely be the best option. Self sustainability would be key obviously. How to maintain general wear and tear would be the biggest issue. But if we could map out short stops along the way? Leap frog it.

      March 28, 2012 at 3:06 pm |
  17. TOP HAT

    GOD MADE THIS PLANET AND GOD WILL TAKE IT BACK.

    March 28, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
    • closetiguana

      Say who? Your religion?

      March 28, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
  18. TOP HAT

    REMEMBER THIS: IF OUR GOVERMENT CAN'T TAX IT ( YOU THAT IS ) OR CONTROL IT ( YOU THAT IS )THEN IT IS ILLEGAL.

    March 28, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
    • closetiguana

      I'll remember to look out for the cops the next time I walk the dog or go for a swim.

      March 28, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
    • JS, WFBJ

      Is your top hat made of tin foil?

      March 28, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
  19. closetiguana

    Humanity should look forward to the day when talk about the universe doesn't involve discussions about gods.

    March 28, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
    • Colin

      Here is my dream news article from 2050:

      LAST CHURCH IN THE USA CLOSES.

      Reuters AAP – The last place of worship the USA officially closed its doors yesterday. The Church of Christ Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa, Alabama held its last service at 10:00 on Sunday morning and was promptly shuttered by its pastor. “While I will be sorry to see a tradition pas.s, I guess it was time to move on,” declared Pastor Kevin Smith, “It saddens me a little, but I can no longer preach things I no longer believe in myself. Also, given that my congregation is elderly and poor, donations are down to a spasmodic trickle.”

      The closure marks the culmination of a dramatic surge in secularism in the USA following the Catholic Church scandals of the early 21st Century. After phone hacking by Rupert Murdoch’s Fox Network revealed that the Pope and virtually all Archbishops were acutely aware of the depth of the pedophilia problem since the 1950s, sweeping new policies were implemented under President Gibbs’ administration (2040-2048).

      Under his “No Mind Left Behind” policy, children were taught science, history, psychology and critical thinking from their first year of school. It was not until they were in their early teens and had a grounding in healthy skepticism and independent thought, that any supernatural belief, such as astrology or religion was allowed to be presented to them. Such beliefs were, of course, almost universally rejected by them.

      As interest in the supernatural has dwindled, the vacated churches, synagogues and mosques in the USA were sold off and the proceeds invested in a fund which, under the XXV Amendment to the US Const.itution, could only be used to further scientific education and environmental awareness and protection. Already the fund has been responsible for returning vast swaths of land to their natural state, in the USA and elsewhere and has largely been credited for ensuring the survival of the tiger, cheetah and mountain gorilla.

      Bibles and The Book of Mormon, which once graced virtually every hotel room in the USA, were replaced with Richard Dawkins’ “The God Delusion.”

      As people have increasingly realized there is no sky-being looking out for us, donations to the Bill and Malinda Gates Foundation, the Red Heart (f/k/a “Red Cross”) and Doctors Without Borders are at an all time high. “Looking back, it’s weird to think of some of the nonsense people believed as late as the early 21st Century,” commented Pastor Smith, as he locked the doors and walked nonchalantly from his church. “I guess you can’t judge them too harshly, though. When you’re taught it from such an early age and then told it’s immoral to even question it, I guess you are easy prey.”

      March 28, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
    • Zaximus42

      *hands closetiguana a beer* Cheers to that my friend.

      March 28, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
  20. TOP HAT

    OK: TO ALL THE PEOPLE OF EARTH IT'S TIME TO COME HOME. WE ARE NOW DONE WITH YOU ALL.IT'S TIME TO GIVE THIS BLUE PLANET BACK TO THE UNIVERSE . 12-21-2012 SAY YOUR GOOD BUY'S DO YOUR LAST DEED'S OR WHAT EVER.BUT DON'T EVEN PACK YOUR BAG'S.YOU ALL DONE F..K UP THIS PLANET.MAYBE SOME DAY WE MIGHT CAN TRY AGAIN.BUT NOT WITH THESE PEOPLE THAT ARE HERE NOW.

    March 28, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
    • MaryM

      "Its the final countdownnnnnnnnn, da da da -da, du du du du- du, da da da- da, Its the final countdownnnnnnnnnn.

      March 29, 2012 at 7:49 pm |
  21. Clinton

    Look everyone... I get that there are people that don't believe in Religion and that there are folks that do. What irks me is that there's so many Atheists on the board that think it's their duty to fire out insults and accuse everyone that believes differently than they do of being idiots. Look You know nothing about me. None of you have ever met me. I'm a college educated Man who happens to believe in a Higher power. I understand that not everyone believes what i believe and i can easily respect that but when you have morons firing insults and attacking my beliefs then get startled and all puffy when I respond in kind, i don't get it. You have your beliefs, i have mine, leave it at that, it's 2012 you would expect by now we'd have tolerance, many of you that are insulting religion are the same that jump up and down and throw a fit when there is persecution throughout the world based on Race, religion, or ethnicity, yet you come on here and spew hatred of people you never met because of their belief in God? seriously you're no better than common KKK members.

    March 28, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
    • Colin

      Clinton, if I told you I believed that the World was 8,000 years old and began with a man a woman and a dancing bear, you could rightfully call me an iditiot.

      Why is 6,000 years and a talking snake any less stupid?

      March 28, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
    • Zaximus42

      Not hating on faith itself here personally. I'm annoyed that this article posed a really cool idea and everyone came out of the woodwork spewing religion and politics. Just put the flags/crosses/books/etc. down for a minute. Give it a break is all. Not everything has to be campaign. The article hinted at no such agenda's. Just people being curious and posting their observations. Cool one's at that. I need a drink.

      March 28, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
  22. Credit Card

    When I come back in my next life, I hope it's as a habitable planet... But no Dino's please – very messy... And it guarantees that the next hominid species to evolve on me won't consume oil products...

    March 28, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
  23. keep your hope and change

    It's funny, the liberals and atheists like to talk about how logical and science oriented they are but they really work from a lot of wild assumptions and speculation rather than the hard facts they claim. Not to mention the reality of ever being able to determine whether in fact, one of these other "bastions of life" actually contain life. My math may be wrong here but if these planets are 30 light years away, that is about 6 trillion miles. The shuttle (RIP) traveled at 18,000 MPH which would mean it would take about 38,000 years to travel one light year. SO, 38,000 x 30 light years is 1,140,000 years to reach these planets. Now, I'm all for space exploration. It's cool to see God's creation and learn about it, but let's keep this realistic in how much money we are going to spend on wild assumptions about life in other places.

    TO really blow your mind, in order for this to even remotely help the human race, you would have to ingrain in your children and all f their descendents for the next 11,400 generations a virtually "religious" belief that their traveling from earth to a new planet of "milk and honey" was worth while or necessary to justify being stuck on a Battle Star Galactica ship knowing that they will likely never get to arrive at the destination that may or may not exist. Talk about the amount of faith that would take!!!

    March 28, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
    • Zaximus42

      Good point. I hate when we strive to discover new things. Let's all stay home and kill each other over the "other" guy's faith. Zues lives.

      March 28, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
      • keep your hope and change

        Why so fatalistic? You can't just live a satisfying productive life like everyone else?

        March 28, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
  24. latenite

    Meh. So the number of *potentially* habitable planets has 9 or 10 zeroes after it. The odds against life coming about as it did on earth in a spontaneous fashion has about 300 zeroes after it (http://www.reasons.org/articles/probability-for-life-on-earth). Interesting discovery, but I wouldn't spend tax money looking for life.

    March 28, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
  25. Dwayne

    What I find sad is that for all the pro-science factions out there, they say that the truth is known as proven by science. Unfortunately its that ignorance that makes them look like fools. The Scientific Proof that side shows off changes everytime some 'new' explanation is discovered. Let us all remember that it was only a few hundred years ago that "Scientists" were proven wrong about the world being flat, or that the sun revolved around the Earth.

    Religious text books are not rewritten because they are inaccurate but because the words in the books have a meaning in the stories provided. Those stories form a basis of faith, and are based on the ways at the time. Society in general is still influenced by these stories through most mediums whether others wish to believe them or not.

    Insulting religious texts does nothing to support the belief that Science is better than religion. Science still cannot prove anything about creation beyond a reasonable doubt. They can provide theories (also called stories), and tell everyone what they are (preach them to the masses), and in a few hundred years lets see what your descendants do. I'm predicting that they will mock our current cosmology views as ignorance and blind faith as well.

    I am very much a person of intelligence and have no religious background but I will not disregard another's belief because some people believe in something different. It is intolerance that breeds hatred and I will not participate.

    March 28, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
  26. jim

    Impossible.
    This another liberal just trying to get their Nazi Socialist Muslim way. Everyone knows the Earth is 6,000 years old. Adam and Eve are our original parents, thanks to God. Jesus said, "Do not question those who might expand thought and wonder. Do not rationalize or make sense and continue to oppress those whom you disagree with. Oppression is the way of the Lord Jesus Christ".

    Time to donate to the GOP so this "evolutionary" non-sense will stop.

    March 28, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
    • Zaximus42

      "slams head on desk" Not a political or religious forum. Please exit to left. Or right. Just exit.

      March 28, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
  27. webspy

    I hear some mention a Deity that is all knowing, yup a 1000 billion years before I'm born it knows were I will end up, but is just an ole perv and likes to watch, even though it knows the end game. Invent an intelligent God Character, then I might worship!

    March 28, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
  28. FrankinSD

    The article states that "super-Earths have a better chance of being habitable than planets about the size of our Earth." I may have missed it, but why would that be the case? I know that a smaller planet would have a thinner atmosphere, making life less likely. But why would a larger planet be a better candidate?

    March 28, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
  29. Data1000

    My guess is that while the odds are almost certain that life exists in many places, life that has evolved into species acquiring a sense of curiosity about the universe might be extremely rare. We need to remember that evolution certainly does not usually lead to intelligence, aka the dinosaurs.

    March 28, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
    • FrankinSD

      Not entirely sure you're right about evolution not tending to produce intelligence. It produces traits that have survival potential, and generally speaking intelligence does. Notice the change in cranial capacity among hominids over time. But you are certainly right that curiosity, per se, might not be favored in evolutionary terms.

      March 28, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
  30. Capricorn

    Maybe we can we can send all the Muslims on one of these planets.....I am having a real hard time sharing this one with them.

    March 28, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
    • Zaximus42

      Religion is the number one reason we kill each other. It's comments like this...well you get the idea. I'm an Atheist for this reason. Thank you Capricorn for reaffirming my belief in not subscribing to anything but those that are part of my own little world. Go find your own little world to comment in that's more fitting to this kind of nonsense and stop commenting on a blog about a cool idea and a fun observational statistic. We still love you buddy.

      March 28, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
  31. Chewbacca

    More being to worship Yahweh and Jesus of course!

    March 28, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
  32. Kim

    I believe there is a higher power than us, so I'm not saying God doesn't exist. But I came to realize years ago that religion is phony and the bible is full of contradictions. If we are supposed to live our lives according to the bible, then that is one sick joke. Furthermore, if we are supposed to follow a religion, wouldn't it make sense to be Jewish, since Jesus was a Jew? Also, Jesus was reported to be unbecoming to man. So the picture we have painted of him as a handsome man is clearly inaccurate at best.

    March 28, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
  33. Bootyfunk

    science rox!

    March 28, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
  34. Wobbles

    Anyone who honestly believes that the only intelligent life in the entire universe exists only here on this insignificant hunk of rock in an insignificant corner of an insignificant galaxy of which there are perhaps 200 billion in the universe is an absolute fool.

    200 billion galaxies times 10 billion rocky planets is a whole bunch of planets, folks. But, as many as half the population of the US believes firmly that we, little bipedal descendants of some ancient primate that climbed down from the trees, are the only form of intelligent life that has ever has and will ever exist. How pathetic.

    March 28, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
    • Alex Gessong

      So, if this part of the universe is insignificant, which part of the universe is significant? Our planet is quite significant, because it is teeming with life, including sentient life. Significance is not based on size. And, yes, it is actually quite possible that this is the only planet in the universe with life. We can certainly speculate about life elsewhere, but all we know with certainty is that this is the only planet that we know has life. Our own world was lifeless in the past, and will be again in the far future. At any given point in the existence of the universe there may be any number of planets with life. Including just one or even zero. Right now, one is all we know of. All other suggested numbers are speculation only. We'd need some bit of evidence to claim any number greater than one.

      March 28, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
    • Cason

      Which grain of sand on the beach is more significant?

      March 28, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
  35. JoJo

    I'm tellin ya, ah seen them there little green guys. Flahin in one a them there saucer deals. Ah I seen em! Yep.

    March 28, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
  36. Billy

    I love clicking on these articles because it inevitably brings out the religious nutjobs. Any article about science, they immediately start posting nonsense. Clinton, you have to be the biggest idiot of all of them. Never heard so many ridiculous claims (If Stephen Hawking is so smart, how come he's in a wheelchair?) The world is laughing at you. You should take a lesson from my wife, a scientist who believes in evolution, but is a Catholic and can separate faith from observation.
    Without science, you could not be posting these ridiculous claims on the Internet. Absolutely amazing. Go stone someone like the Bible tells you to.

    March 28, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
    • Clinton

      Billy – you're a fool, you're reading my comments out of context and without any background... the only thing you've said that makes any sense... is your wife is a catholic... i know this because she's really good at kneeling... by the way i think i owe you 50 bucks.

      March 28, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
  37. Zaximus42

    Either way, I say "keep up the good work scientists." Keep looking. Keep checking your findings. Back to work for me. Tim Tebow is now a Jet so anything is possible even if we don't agree with it. Have very much good debating everyone. This is Zaximus42, signing off.

    March 28, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
  38. snc735

    I wonder how many of these planets have working stargates...

    March 28, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
  39. A Normal Human

    The sky is falling.. Colin shot it down

    March 28, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
    • Clinton

      Colin is a tool.... He attacks religious faith yet holds similar faith in science, where he believes much of what he has read or heard on TV but has absolutely no idea how any of it works.... Science does not have all the answers. Whether you're like me and believe that God Created the Universe or if you're Atheist and believe in one of the varying theories of the Big Bang etc. I don't care... it's one thing to believe something different than someone else, it's an entirely different thing to be offended by someone elses beliefs... that in fact is basically racism... though you would replace race with beliefs... To hate someone because they don't believe what you do... especially when you have no proof of your belief.. how does that work? I'm a Christian, i don't hate Muslims or Hindus or Bhuddists or Atheists... I disagree with what they believe and it's their right to disagree with mine.... Hateful people like Colin basically subscribe to Hitler's line of thinking.

      March 28, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
      • Billy

        Nobody said "Science has all the answers" you fool. No scientist has EVER said that in the history of mankind. Science can produce repeatable results for observations on how the universe functions. Religion can not. That doesn't mean you aren't allowed to be religious. It does mean that the discussion of GOD (or whatever else) has no place in a discussion about the discovery of exoplanets within habitable zones of red dwarf stars.

        March 28, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
      • Clinton

        The more you say Billy, the more i get that you're an idiot... Why do nosey morons like yourself jump into the middle of ongoing conversations without the slightest idea what started things and rush to judgement, the reason God is being discussed here is because this colin moron brought it up.... read below you big fat pile of doosh... There's nothing but God-hating all over this board. IT was brought up by aetheists.

        March 28, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
      • Colin

        Clinton, if somebody believes in something I do not, that does not make them a fool. Believing in Iron Age Palestinian mythology about talking snakes, splitting seas, men rising from the dead as if it were legitimate science and history makes someone a fool. A ridiculous and utter fool.

        March 28, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
      • Clinton

        Colin, you're speaking out of both sides of your mouth... You say you're not attacking people's beliefs then you try to call out people for believing in the Bible... look doosh... you don't have to believe it... nobody's putting a gun to your head... if you don't believe it... FINE but attacking people that believe in God makes you a FASCIST idiot. It makes you a moron a closeminded fool. Maybe the Bible doesn't accurately depict the science of creation. So? The world isn't flat and that's what scientists told us a few hundred years ago... It's round so should i throw out all of science because they were wrong about something? They're wrong about a lot of things, in fact they're probably wrong about the majority of their theories about the universe right now. That does not mean that they should be dismissed. The Bible has morality to it. The teachings of Christ were written by first hand witnesses. Just like science today has advanced so to did the Bible. I believe in the History and the written word about Christ. You don't have to, just like i don't have to believe in your theory about creation. the fact that you HATE others beliefs though, that is wrong. and proves you're an intolerable person.

        March 28, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
      • Colin

        "The teachings of Christ were written by first hand witnesses." Name one.

        None of the four authors of the gospels claimed to have been eye-witnesses. In fact, they wrote long after his death, the author(s) of Matthew and Mark, about 35 years after, those who wrote Luke about 50 and those who wrote John about 65.

        But, let me guess, you learned the Sunday school story about the authors that the second Century Catholic Church made up (Matthew the tax collector etc.) and have cuddled it ever since.

        March 28, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
  40. Credit Card

    Billions of Planets support life? Only if humans are not allowed on-board... Only 400 more years until we use up this one...

    March 28, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
    • Alex Gessong

      400 years? Then guess we better party like it's 2412! 😉

      March 28, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
      • lroy

        Wait, call Prince so he can redo that single.

        March 28, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
      • Credit Card

        Absolutely – where's that Heineken guy... We need a song for this...

        March 28, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
      • lroy

        Who among us will be alive in 2414?

        March 28, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
      • Credit Card

        And in thinking about it, I'm waiting for Al Gore to take credit for those planets...

        March 28, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
  41. Hunter

    Maybe we can ship all the right wing racists to one of these other planets?

    March 28, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
    • Alex Gessong

      Why would we want to contaminate other planets?

      March 28, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
    • lroy

      Sorry, you must mean lefty liberals. Just call me ultra-conservative!

      March 28, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
  42. Planes Walker

    "All I know is, I finally get to kill someone!" – Psycho in "Stripes"

    March 28, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
  43. God the Alien

    When did Snakes lose their vocal cords? Do you think other animals talked to?
    Cow: don't eat me bro!

    March 28, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
  44. josh

    10 times the mass of earth... does that mean 10 times the gravity? if so, that's definately not habitable by humans.

    March 28, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
    • Zaximus42

      We would just be shorter. Land of the Little People! FOX is working on the script now.

      March 28, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
  45. A Normal Human

    I am amazed by how many people have so much free time on their hands they don't need to work, just enter maniacal ramblings on a subject they have little if any knowledge of.

    Get a Life.

    Get back to work.

    March 28, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
    • Zaximus42

      I see your post and raise you another.

      March 28, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
      • Planes Walker

        check.

        March 28, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
  46. Zaximus42

    I hope when we colonize one of these places we don't wind up calling it Super-Earth. I think that would be galactic creativity FAIL

    March 28, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
    • Clinton

      As long as they don't use some stupid new term like.... Epic Earth... or whatever the kids use these days.... More than likely it will end up being... something like... Pepsi presents New Earth... or Windows Earth 2.0

      March 28, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
      • Zaximus42

        Lol. Too true.

        March 28, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
  47. God the Aliens

    Exodus 13:21 By day the LORD went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night.

    God(s) are aliens, plain and simple. God favored the Jewish people because they were of his seed (literally).

    Genesis 6:2 The sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose.
    Yahwey was just one of many Gods during that period of time. (I am a jelous God).

    Simple, by they way we got out of their control and they left!

    March 28, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
    • ISLAM IS THE TRUTH

      ALL THAT IS FALSE

      March 28, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
  48. keep your hope and change

    Uh oh, out of beer money. Need another Grant check. Hey, I'm sure their is life on that next planet. For only $19.95 I'll go study it and let you know how great it is.

    March 28, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
    • Alex Gessong

      Hope you change into a higher life form.

      March 28, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
      • lroy

        I do not believe in reincarnation, but because I know some of you do, turn into a feline. (I would be a Queen Bee myself).

        March 28, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
  49. Qurankarim

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5JAxqsaNRc&w=640&h=390]

    March 28, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
  50. Reasonable1

    If life on earth is still possible in spite of Dick Cheney, life of other planets seems certain more possible without him.

    March 28, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
  51. notice that

    Ever notice how atheist can use proper grammar? It's almost like they are children playing on the computer when mommies away.

    March 28, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
    • notice that

      cant

      March 28, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
      • Zaximus42

        Too funny. Wait...my mommy is comming. I can use the computer...*can't

        March 28, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
    • Alex Gessong

      Notice that atheism is based on rational thought? Notice that rational thought leads to things like science? Notice that science is a better path to knowledge than religion is? Notice that science is based on objective evidence that can be examined in the real world, and religion is based only on a willingness to believe in things for which there is no evidence at all? Notice that believing in fairies and unicorns is based on the exact same lack of evidence?

      March 28, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
  52. Alex Gessong

    Wow! So much passion over this topic! Great article, some great responses, some w.t.f. responses. The gist is simply that there probably are a lot of rocky planets in promising locations. The article doesn't claim to prove or disprove the existence of life on any of them, nor does it purport to prove or disprove the existence of a god or gods. It only means that scientific observation of the knowable universe is invaluable to expand our knowledge. So, are we alone in the universe? Does it really matter? We are here, we are sentient, and there are 7 billion of us, on a world teeming with other life forms. Enjoy life on Earth. Imagine life on other worlds, but don't get caught up in fierce debates insisting that life must, or must not, exist elsewhere. Wait for more observations and see what the evidence reveals. Love this web site!

    March 28, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
  53. Brad

    So what this article says is that (a) scientists guesstimate that there are billions of planets that are super-earths (b) chances are that it can't be like an earth because of its size and possiblilty that the necessary materials (IE water and air) aren't there. What warrants this article describing 'billions of earths' in the galaxy without any factual evidence presented to support this articles assumption?

    March 28, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
    • Alex Gessong

      @Brad: it says "super-Earths", not "Earths." It's describing planets about 10 times the mass of ours.

      March 28, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
  54. Clinton

    I'm confused by how many people are so negative about the prospect of ever traveling out into the stars. I think a big problem some people have is that they do not look at our history close enough to understand the big picture. 200 years ago the first trains were being invented... We could only go as fast as the wind carried us on the open seas... and animals bore the brunt of the majority of our transportation needs. 200 years later we've gone so far as to put a man on the moon and a space station in orbit. We have advanced INCREDIBLY fast... is it really so far fetched to believe that transportation won't continue to advance? We are advancing at a remarkable pace and there are many theories out there about technologies that can take us to where we want to go.... don't be so negative about these prospects.... at one time Television was a pipe dream... so were telephones... now i can surf the web and video chat with people on the other side of the planet with a handheld device.... Think positive... Humanity has come a long way and has unimaginable potential.

    March 28, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
    • Colin

      Yes, all delivered by science. I know of not one advancement where the scientist said "I discovered that in the bible". Bronze Age mythology about hokey sky-fairies, fit only for simple minded morons.

      March 28, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
      • Zaximus42

        A moron!? WHERE!? Get HIM!!!

        March 28, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
      • Clinton

        Colin, you sure are a hatefilled man. Hating on My religious beliefs... in what way does this benefit you? You think because the Bible didn't include plans for a spaceship it must be bogus? What the hell are you trying to get at with this post? The Bibe doesn't claim to or try to advance technology, it's a book about Good and Evil, where we come from, what our purpose is, where we're going and what it takes to live a meaningful life. If you don't believe it, that's fine, but it's very odd for one to hate a book that teaches morality, you may not like some people that believe in God, but is that God's fault? Seriously, you're a twisted individual... and i think you live a meaningless life.

        March 28, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
    • Zaximus42

      And then....Zombie Apocolypse!!!

      March 28, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
  55. tez07

    I am going incorporate and start selling ownership of these planets for $100 (I am stealing the idea of that group that lets you "name" stars for a fee).

    I have some plum properties for sale.....plenty of oceanside acreage (please disregard that the ocean is acid and will melt you)

    March 28, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
    • Zaximus42

      It's about the view anyway. What's the local population like? I'm not going to get finacially abused by the local marketers am I? I always get owned by the exchange rates and not knowing exactly how much the touristy trinkents and trash is worth. And, they better sell cotton. I'm not a fan of inter-gallactic polyester. It makes my skin itch.

      March 28, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
      • tez07

        This is the beauty of it....you own the planet. The exchange rate is determined by you. You have no neighbors other than those on the next planet (which if you dont get along....a planet killing death ray is an optional charge)....this is a win-win opportunity.......think of your retirement years here

        March 28, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
    • Credit Card

      If you do that, can I sell the 'Pet Rocks' from these planets?

      March 28, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
  56. Zaximus42

    This is so interesting to think about. Stop "Godding" all over everything.

    We just need to figure out how to travel close to light speed. I would make the 30+ year trek to go scout a potential planet. Even if we showed up and it was void of anything it's still important for us to go look. I'm excited to hear more.

    March 28, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
    • Credit Card

      But we can't get anything into space unless it's made out of aluminum foil, and sticky tape and glue...? How we gonna do light speed...?

      March 28, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
  57. Rob

    Here is the issue. One day we see an article like this and the next day we see scientists saying that it highly unlikely that there are many if any other planets with a safe enviornment. One day its a few or none, then its billions. Well, its hard to put trust in that. Until we visit some of them, the verdict is out.
    As for the Bible, I am a believer and that is based my personal experiance. I think the big bang supports Genises. Is it possible that the inspired person was supposed to write the life was created in 7 of God's days which could be billions of Earth years, yes. Is it possible that the inpired people made mistakes, yet.
    However, this notion that ancient humans were ignorant, is just showing our unbelievable level of ignorance. Recent discoveries prove that humans were diving in the ocean 250 years before history books tell us so. Chemical warfare was used in Greek times. I could go on and on. It is very possible that ancients were way more intelligent than modern humans. Most of our technology and science today are being stored on mediums that will not last for thousands of years. The human race can barely remember what happened last week or year, and so we have an incrediabliy difficult time transfering information to future generations. The library of Alexandria being burned could be one of the worst events in human history. The answers to so many of our questions reduced to ash.

    March 28, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
    • Colin

      Ah yes, the enduring accuracy of Iron Age mythology. Sorry, pal, your sky-god Jesus has already rotten away to nothing. If you are so sure of the superiotiry of your sky-fairy over science, put up or shut up.

      The next time you are sick, don't go and see a doctor. Sacrifice a goat to your sky-vapor, or get on your knees and wait for your sky-god to read your mind as you silently run through a Hail Mary or two. See how far you get. If you do not have the courage/foolishness to do so, then knock off the Orwellian double-speak and accept that you do not trust in your god, ghost or goat. You trust in science and pay lip service to your superst.ition when doing so risks nothing.

      March 28, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
      • Clinton

        Colin, you're so stupid. You attack what you don't understand and then defend the fact that you have no answers either. You're possibly the most close-minded idiot on this blog... maybe you should go spend some more time researching what you believe instead of attacking others beliefs... .this is not a forum for closeminded idiots like yourself.

        March 28, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
  58. Jonescincy

    I find it funny that bible thumpers are calling people names questioning their intelligence. You're entire basis for life is predicated on the fact that because it is written down it must be true. The bible was written by simple folk who were looked at as the geniuses of their time. They were asked to explain the origins of life so they did. Science has done the same thing only in a more plausible fashion. Any scientist will tell you that despite how far we've come in a few hundred years our current level of knowledge as it relates to scientific fields is in it's infancy. It is hard to imagine but 2,000 years from now man will likely be looking at current scientists as simpletons and bible believers as ignorant and uneducated lemmings following the masses. I know, I know some people think that about bible believers now.

    We are going through a slow renaissance that will eventually result in the answers coming from centuries of scientific study and testing rather than stories created to placate the masses looking for answers. Dinosaurs are not mentioned in the bible because nobody was aware they existed. It would be interesting to know how they would have theorized that.

    March 28, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
    • Clinton

      Jonescincy – I find it funny that closeminded anti-religious folks attack people's beliefs and then cry about it in posts like this when their beliefs are questioned... You have no answers atheist boy... only theories about what you believe... so get off your high horse, you're no better than those you've claimed attacked others.

      March 28, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
  59. Jacob taylor

    Gravity is one mean mother!!!!!! If we are going to these stars , I've got your back Sheppard.

    March 28, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
  60. Hmmm

    30 light years....woo hoo! Anyone invented warp technology yet? Oh, I forget. We don't have a bat's chance in hell of reaching any of these planets. So, with that in mind, I have personally contacted the planet BooBooKitten C125H. It's a very lush planet that is 100x better than Earth. However, they said we couldn't come. They've seen our shuttle technology and said to let them know when we can travel through space faster than a 1-legged banchy-froq. I have no idea what a banchy-froq is or how fast it can move, but I'm thinking it's pretty slow.

    March 28, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
    • Clinton

      Hmmm – In fairness to the Human race..... less than 200 years ago the train was invented. The fastest vehicle was the horse... In 200 years we've gone from chugging along to being able to send a rocket to the moon.... What tells you that we will not make any more significant leaps in technology in the near future? in 200 years humans may look back at our generation and think.... They really had to drive internal combustion engine powered vehicles?

      March 28, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
      • Joe T.

        He has a point. It is more of a matter of physics than it is the mind of man.

        March 28, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
    • Joe T.

      Your comment is funny and also a downer at the same time. Who cares if we will never be able to travel there? Have you ever had dreams of doing anything grand in your life? Where is your sense of discovery?

      March 28, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
  61. eltrip

    Future of mankind.

    March 28, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
  62. jon

    I think it is time to test nano machines out on mars. BUt instead of teraforming, ya know since mars is actually a dead ball of iron.....we just let the nano machines turn it into a steel ball. Then we get nano machines to hollow that sucker out.....imagine, the human race has it's very own death star and all humans have to do is wire the damn thing and throw up some lights.

    March 28, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
    • Zaximus42

      Lol. This is genious! Where's my checkbook?

      March 28, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
  63. L0wTax

    One very massive problem and omission here: They have no idea how many of those planets are rocky. The technique they use for finding the planets tells them nothing about its composition.

    March 28, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
  64. coder

    Dont tell a jihadist that – they will kill you for blasphemy
    And with the Pope's history for suppressing science – cant tell him either

    But still
    I like to know – Do they believe their god made those planets too – in the same seven days.....

    March 28, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
    • Clinton

      coder, you're so against folks with religious beliefs, how come you won't answer my question posed below?

      March 28, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
  65. Dan

    Yes, they can. But, there is no intelligent life out there. Using odds and statistics simply doesn't work. How can you apply math to something abstract? We created Math to explain things here on Earth. That doesn't mean the same rules apply in Space, particularly when it comes to Earth like planets and Intelligent Life.

    March 28, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
  66. Lena

    Hey, there are enough planets so that we could have a Republican planet and a Democratic planet. The catch is that you won't find any intelligent women under 60 on the Republican one.

    March 28, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
  67. Clinton

    Since Many in here do not believe in God and believe that existence is an accident and we all simply are one huge cosmic mistake... can i ask you, to the true atheists here on the board, Why do we exist? what is the purpose of life, why is there evolution? why does existance need witnesses? rocks and dust and radiation and all of this can exist without life... what does life add to existance? What purpose can there possibly be to trees, animals, insects, microbial life? it doesn't have to exist if there's no God, why would any of this happen? I'm being serious, i'm asking a legit question not because i'm challenging your beliefs, i simply want to know what your take is on existence.

    March 28, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
    • Clinton

      Wow, no takers... kind of figured folks that are so bent on telling other people that their beliefs are stupid, would have no problem telling others their take on existence.

      March 28, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
    • Colin

      Yes, given that you asked about 7 questions and gave people seven minutes to respond, I can see how you can confidently declare "victory" Clinton.

      Look, this is an educated blog. Why don't you go over to Fox News, I am sure they have a site where you will fell more, shall we say, "comfortable".

      March 28, 2012 at 1:58 pm |
      • Clinton

        Colin, When did i claim victory? What is victory in a debate about beliefs? I am simply asking the question. The fact that you're offended by questions and offer no answers leads me to believe you're so simple minded you have no answers to what i've asked.

        March 28, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
    • JS, WFBJ

      Could it be that there really isn't a purpose? We are just a drop in the ocean of the history of the universe? Why is it so hard to just enjoy the time you have here? Does there have to be a reason for us existing? Why does there have to be a reason for us to exist?

      March 28, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
  68. Furby076

    After years of watching Star Trek (all of them) I finally know what M-Class planet means!
    Wow, CNN can be useful for something.

    March 28, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
  69. Omen

    30 light years or less from us.that's 180 trillion miles. How the F are we ever going to get there?

    March 28, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
  70. HOT MP4/3GP VIDEOS, CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD FREE 18

    well said guys i love ur tinking

    March 28, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
  71. Kme

    It's a practical certainty that there is intelligent life scattered throughout the universe. Being able to travel between these worlds will require quite a technical feat for any civilization in the universe; in time, it will likely happen.

    March 28, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
  72. EvolveNow

    I'd just like to say that I hope there is "inteligent life" on some other planets in this galaxy and others in the Universe, because there does not seem to be too much "inteligent life" on Earth. If there are even two sets of "intelligent life" forms out there, I hope they do meet at a point in their history's where they can travel to and from each other's worlds and colaborate on solving their problems together in a bipartisan way. Something else that seems to be in critically short supply on Earth at this time.

    March 28, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
  73. Laura Bradley-Seaquest

    We can only hope. I saw one planet in a dream once but only for a few instants. In fact, I didn't actually see "them" but saw their buildings, cities, art, and strangely enough their "pets"! They were terrifying and ruthless. Even their pets were terrifying and ruthless! We could only survive by serving them. All others were simply made to vanish. They have been around for a very long time and they seem to have, using their technology, influenced our past history. The great religions were "invented" by "them" as a way of control. When they return, they will return in the manner described in our various religious texts. Brilliant really. But also quite sad.

    March 28, 2012 at 1:05 pm |
    • JS, WFBJ

      Cool story bro!

      March 28, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
  74. carlyjanewg

    http://www.Hear-The-Truth.com

    March 28, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
  75. KVS

    I wish one of these other planets with intelligent life would come and put us out of our misery. We are the worst thing to ever happen to earth.

    March 28, 2012 at 12:59 pm |
    • erich2112x

      Self esteem issues?

      March 28, 2012 at 1:00 pm |
    • John

      Don't make any plans for Dec 22nd.

      March 28, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
  76. Kendroosh

    They will never find "life" exactly like ours anywhere in the universe. The universe is like human finger-prints ... an endless difference and none ever the same. There is no planet that has the same conditions as we do with our sun, moon, earth interior/exterior, etc. There is life out there but not like ours and we can't recognize it ... yet.

    March 28, 2012 at 12:57 pm |
  77. Frank

    Why the doubt about God and his creation? I have no doubt that God created all of it, and that he either allows life on other planets or he doesn't. Since we have already had chunks of Mars land on Earth with evidence of bacteria, it suggests that he does allow it. Are we all so narcissistic that we think we are the only fish in this ocean?

    The notion that everything obeys the laws of physics and that life can simply create itself seems counter intuitive. The universe did not create itself, and I don't think there is any argument there. Nobody explains why when the universe was less than a billionth of a billionth of a billionth of a second old, early Planck time if you will, how it did not follow the laws of physics as we know them right now. How is that possible, unless there was a prime mover behind it from which everything is possible.

    March 28, 2012 at 12:54 pm |
    • John

      Don't forget to mention the numerous contradicitions, aka exceptions, in science. Scientific Doctrine dictates that a scientific theory apply universally to all systems. An example: Newtonian and non-newtonian fluids. According to scientific doctrine, all these fluids should fall under one set of laws. But they don't. Also, the fact that the complex math they use to calculate the Big Bang Theory stops working before they get to an infinitelly small speck. It forms a roughly sphereical shape. A new theory – this is all a 3-D hologram of information being sent from the center of the universe. To do that, you'd need a hollow sphere of information and an energy source at the center to "illuminate" it. This is a true scientific theory with differential math to back it up. Therefore it must be true. So, where did the information come from? Where did the enegry source come from? Could that be God? Or is it all just a computer simulation? Or God running a computer simulation?

      March 28, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
    • EvolveNow

      If you think of God as the "prime force" of the Universe, creating it all in what to him was only 6 days, it is only one step further to view God as the one who seeded the Earth's oceans with the correct chemicals to start the reaction that evolved into the first primative life forms. Now go just one step further and imagine what God might do when he returns to see what we humans have done to his creations! I'm not so sure he would call us highly-evolved intelligent life forms... Whether God is an all-knowing all-powerful being or just some extraterestrial who millions of years ago spread some primitive DNA and left, I'm certain He will return...for the rapture or the harvest. 😀

      March 28, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
    • Gene Akers

      Hi Frank, you are on the right path friend. I am part of AMIGHTYWIND Ministry and the facts and incredible Truths about this existence are easily too much for most people to handle. Allow me to test your strength, if you hold on without exploding, come see the rest for yourself at GODS own Website http://WWW.AMIGHTYWIND.COM.
      Hell is at the center of this very world; aliens are demons; ufos their vehicles, the Messiahs REAL Hebrew name is YAHUSHUA. 'Jesus' was NEVER his name- that is a phony invention by r.cath church greek scribes; satans anti-ch. will use that name as it has no power.

      March 29, 2012 at 3:46 am |
  78. John

    Of course, we may have to accept the fact that there is no ancient civilization out there to enlighten us. It may be that we are the first. It may be that we are the ones that will build all the incredible technology that other civilizations will discovery millions of years from now. We may be the "ancients" that everyone always fantasizes about.

    March 28, 2012 at 12:51 pm |
  79. erich2112x

    One day, without warning, we're going to receive an ancient radio or TV transmission from a distant planet with life and it's going to rock out world. Only a matter of time.

    March 28, 2012 at 12:50 pm |
  80. NephilimFree

    Secular folk will never stop looking for an excuse to deny Special Creation, which science has verified with genetics alone. DNA posesses information stored and retrieved by algorithmic processes which is organized to conform to linguistics laws that go beyond Zipf's and operates using the human language properties of punctuation, syntax, and grammar. Nature cannot impart these properties to DNA because it is not capable of producing abstract constructs of mind! Thus, all life was designed, and since the molecuyle represents information, which is not bound to it's medium, all life was Specially Created as well. The secular folk have come to the realization that abiogenesis is not possible on the earth because the environment could not have allowed it, eve if it had been (but is not) possible. So they must claim it came here from elsewhere, but the problem does not end because you push the impossibility of abiogenesis off to some other imagined world. It's just plain stupid to deny what science has revealed simply because you have an emotional angst against God.

    March 28, 2012 at 12:49 pm |
  81. Alan

    YES!!!! billions... TRILLIONS!!! GAZZZILLLIONS! there countless galaxies in the universe

    March 28, 2012 at 12:47 pm |
  82. mickey mouse

    Gather all the republicans and send them to one of them planets.

    March 28, 2012 at 12:46 pm |
  83. RICHARD

    BEAM ME UP SCOTTY

    March 28, 2012 at 12:45 pm |
  84. aj

    Republicans don't care about space exploration unless they're trying to beat another country there. They spend all the money used for RnD + education on 3 wars, and 2 more in the making.

    March 28, 2012 at 12:45 pm |
    • tez07

      not to be a naysayer, but I havent heard of NASA scientists getting a large bonus the last few years (rather they are lucky if they kept their jobs)

      March 28, 2012 at 12:49 pm |
  85. tez07

    Yeah, I went to one of them...stayed at the Holiday Inn at the beach. It was cool and all, but difficult to sunbathe when it is 1000 degrees and the water is acidic. Besides, the only place to eat was McDonalds. I give it 4 out of 10 stars.

    March 28, 2012 at 12:43 pm |
  86. Paul

    # of planets we will visit outside our solar system = 0
    Knowing in your heart there is intelligent life out there is called faith, except it's faith with no basis – there is no evidence.

    March 28, 2012 at 12:42 pm |
  87. Dennis

    Rubbish,
    As if the only thing necessary for life is liquid water. Better take care of the one we are on.
    Find a planet with all the unique earthly characteristics of this planet and maybe you will find life. Until then, happy rock hunting.

    March 28, 2012 at 12:40 pm |
  88. ASE

    What governs the creation of life?. What if life is a singular event and it cannot occur simultaneously at two locations but only can move from one place to other. That rises the question where was life before and where will life appear after earth?.

    March 28, 2012 at 12:40 pm |
  89. Mark T.

    Will, good point, but let me suggest it more likely to mean less intelligent civilizations than space travel is more difficult than we think. Even with current tech, stars could probably be reached in decades.

    March 28, 2012 at 12:37 pm |
  90. Jimbo

    I sho didn't come from no monkeys and I dam sho aint gonna be believing there is other species out there when we was created in God's image not no aliens.

    March 28, 2012 at 12:37 pm |
  91. Prithvi Rai

    If there is life out there then how come we have not been contacted? Or maybe the ETs can smell our greed, anger, jealousy, deceit and arrogance from far away and want no part of it. If not for the asteroid, the Dinosaurs had it together; they ruled this earth for millions of years without the government, health care and financial aid from Bernie Madoff. If any specie that is out of sync on this earth then it is the human specie. Here is a clue, Socrates said “Know Thy Self”? By the way he did not say know thy neighbor.

    This planet earth is perfectly designed for us human specie, it has “just” the right amount of air, water and for Gods sake “just” right distance from the Sun.

    Space program is great but it is not going to bring peace, dignity and prosperity to earthlings.

    March 28, 2012 at 12:33 pm |
    • John

      We may be the first...

      March 28, 2012 at 12:57 pm |
    • tez07

      "Dinosaurs had it together"......they walked around and ate each other, is this your solution?

      March 28, 2012 at 1:05 pm |
  92. ted

    We will be carbon dust before they ever find life on another planet outside our solar system.

    March 28, 2012 at 12:31 pm |
  93. Stick it in you

    I hope a lot of these worlds have gigantic b00bs!

    March 28, 2012 at 12:27 pm |
  94. Mark T.

    Thoughtful comments in this thread, refreshing. Liquid water is a great medium for life in the right temperature range. It is a great place to start looking because it is the only thing we know that works for life. Habitable planets probably all over. Bacteria from space or transported through space may be seeding many of these planets with life so a separate genesis for every planet is probably not required. The problem with intelligent aliens and Christianity is whether the aliens have souls and can they be saved? If they are more advanced, it would hard to say they don't have a soul. If they have a soul what does it take for them to go to some heaven? If the aliens have different rules, what if we bred with them, whose rules would apply?

    March 28, 2012 at 12:27 pm |
    • John

      Finally, an intelligent discussion about the relationship between religion and science. Not that one makes the other impossible, but rather how they both interact in an more complex system. Because nothing in this universe has proven simple.

      March 28, 2012 at 12:56 pm |
  95. A plan

    Your planet is dying- You can travel to another planet to survive....so why not send ships full of your ancient ancestors (bacteria) on hundreds of little space ships to these other planets in hopes they will evolve there? Has it been done? Are we the result?

    March 28, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
  96. Will

    This is both good and bad news for science. The good news is that because there are so many habitable planets its absolutely certain that there is intelligent life in the universe. The bad news is, despite that fact, we have not been visited and interacted with yet. That likely means that there is no functional way to "planet hop" like you see in Science Fiction. There are no wormholes to travel or living matter cannot travel faster than light to explore the great beyond.

    The reason this is likely is due to simple math. Given the rate of human population increase, a similar species that say, lived and advanced 100 million years ago would undoubtedly have been able to grow to hundreds of trillions of citizens on solar systems in a few ten thousand years. With that growth and technology, trillions of citizens motivated by imperialism and exploration would easily have explored the entire habitable galaxy we now live in.

    It's easy for one planetary species to go extinct, but once that species exists on multiple planets near multiple star systems, their odds of survival increase exponentially. By that reasoning, an ancient advanced species would have had no problem surviving, thriving and dominating every planet. Unless of course we are a planet of lab rats, which is the only other theory beyond the inability to ever travel intergalactically.

    March 28, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
    • JS, WFBJ

      Nobody is saying anything about intelligent life. They are saying life. Which means basic lifeforms. We aren't looking for ET.

      March 28, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
  97. I Am God

    I am the only universal/chuck norris God in existence. I am only one that created the stars. Believe me my brainwashed followers, for I will be your savior (depending if I am not drunk on the day of Armageddon).

    March 28, 2012 at 12:23 pm |
  98. Stephen

    In reference to people claiming that Christianity can survive after the discovery of extraterrestrial life. (...Because the omission of this particular information from the Bible is evidently trivial)

    Yeah omitting the fact that God created life on other planets seems like a pretty darn big omission. It isn't as though we're talking about the Bible omitting the mention of a bowel movement that Jesus had two weeks before he was crucified. lol.

    March 28, 2012 at 12:19 pm |
  99. Community College Over Achiever

    To bring this discussion back to the realm of reason, it's a mathematical impossibility that our solar system/planet out of the QUADRILLION STARS (Yeah, that's a real number.) in the universe to have/be able to support life. Of course there's a large number of solar systems you can rule out because they lack complex enough atoms to even make life or a environment habitable but, even if you rule those out you would probably come up with a number bigger than the prediction above of planets that can support life.

    March 28, 2012 at 12:16 pm |
    • God

      You know nothing of my work.

      March 28, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
    • Alex Gessong

      Actually, it's not a mathematical impossibility at all. Consider all of the life forms on the universe, but there's only 1 you. Just as you are unique, Earth may be just as unique among all of the planets in the universe. It actually is possible that this is the only planet in the universe that currently has life. Consider: planets come and go over the course of time, and the universe has been around for a long time. Earth was once lifeless. Far in the future, Earth will be lifeless again. At any given time, the universe may have any number of worlds with life. Among those numbers are zero and 1. We know there is 1 right now; we know there *might* be more. Being in the habitable zone doesn't guarantee life; Venus and Mars are in the zone and are lifeless. So, yes, it really is mathematically possible that Earth is the only planet with life as you read this. If you still wonder about that, consider the various reasons why Earth supports life: we have a strong magnetic field (generated by our spinning iron core) which shields us from the solar wind, we have a large moon that drives our tides and stabilizes our axis, etc. Remove any of those factors and we're as dead as Mars.

      March 28, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
  100. I Win

    It's too bad the reapers come along every 50k years to eradicate the universe of all advanced civilizations or the universe would probably be teaming with life...

    ...then again the uber civilizations would rule the universe, so maybe the reapers are a good thing to keep balance amongst the stars and give us young civs a chance to evolve.

    March 28, 2012 at 12:14 pm |
    • DefyTheGods

      LOL.....It would suck to end up being indoctrinated though. Do you think the Obama Administration and the rest of the world would support the building of the Crucible? While such a project would bankrupt the planet, it would end all the wars....LOL

      March 28, 2012 at 12:21 pm |
      • reason

        It is amazing what we can learn about the world through observation, reason and science.

        It is also interesting how we learn none of this by reading religious scripture or praying to a god. Looking at organized religions objectively it is obvious they are all artifacts of primitive stone age societies that were struggling to understand the world. People continue to believe in them out of insecurities about mortality, not out of a pursuit of truth.

        March 28, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
      • Tr1Xen

        I believe the word you meant to use is "teeming."

        March 28, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
      • neil

        You might be be right........but the realty is that we are still dont want to see the truth of mobilized human machines from them who are still rulling this world......There are many groups wo discovered things long thime back what you listen now from the media...

        March 28, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
      • Really

        To REASON; What you are saying is a huge misconception. God wants us to know the universe. Take a look at Ecclesiastes 3:10 and 11. It's not an insecurity of our own mortality. It's a wish to learn about God and follow his word per the scriptures. Your perception is very understandable if one only looks at the results and actions of the world's religions; past and present. But man's actions do not reflect God's wishes as so stated in the Bible. Take a closer look at God's word and you'll discover he wants us to know the universe because it also helps us get to know him: James 4:8. Other worlds, other planets? Possibly, we don't really know. But how does that possibility help us now? On the other hand, the scriptures give immediate help in every aspect of our lives – if we're willing to listen to the advice and have open mind.

        March 28, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
      • The Flip

        @reason: First, unless you've been a devout member of a religion, your argument can't be objective. Secondly, every person on the planet has the inherent desire to worship someone/something. For you, that may be yourself, science, scientists, money, fame, etc. For those who are "religious", it may also be themselves, or a system of rules, or a person, or money. Point is, that desire was designed by the same God that created this universe in all its splendor. And that desire was put there so that we would worship Him alone. And top of that, none this means science and reason are stupid. In fact, we can learn a lot more about who God is with both.

        March 28, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
      • Sounds like a plan

        @Really-If I start doing what is told of me in the bible I would be pillaging the cities of non-believers, raping their woman, and giving everyone I see the option to convert or die. I think I'll go without this book of hatred thank you.

        March 28, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
      • Cason

        @Flip I think that depends on how you define "worship". You make it synonymous with desire.

        March 28, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
      • Sounds like a plan

        @Really-If i were to follow that book, i would be waging wars on people who dont believe as I do, taking their woman for myself, and giving everyone the chance to convert or die. I think ill avoid that particular book of lies thank you

        March 28, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
      • reason

        @Really, many religious people reject scientific knowledge because it conflicts with their stone age myths.
        Evolution and the Big Bang are examples.

        March 28, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
      • reason

        As Cason pointed out worship of an imaginary friend is different from desire. This sounds like the old "you are but what am I" argument Christians often use to try to rationalize their views as being no different from that of non-religious folks.

        You should watch the following video:
        [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6zGK-XblGA&w=640&h=390]

        March 28, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
      • PalmerEldritch

        REASON!!
        It is wonderful to see You have anthromorphasized and are now speaking to us!! May Your reign as the new Supreme Idea last forever. May scientists be the new high priests of Your Word! May those evil heretics questioning the rule of your infallible Scientific Method be cast out!!

        March 28, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
      • Blahman

        Really- it was already proven that supposed deities from the civilizations of humanity were nothing more than the Protheans toying with us and researching us. They found us unfit for societal uplift however and abandon us. Just ask Javik.

        March 28, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
      • reason

        @Flip, that is like saying unless you believe the Earth is flat you can not be objectve about the Flat Earth Society.

        @PalmerEldritch, thank you.

        March 28, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
      • Guest

        @Reason,

        The Big Bang and Evolution are theories only and require just as much "faith" to believe in. There is no true scientific proof it exists. Charles Darwin even died a Christian, ya the same guy who came up with the THEORY of evolution.

        People arent religious because of there insecurities. I'd say you are probably one of the most ignorant people I have ever seen.

        March 28, 2012 at 9:29 pm |
      • mccgeno

        @ reason, REPENT!!! God has plans for all you non-believers and muslims.

        March 28, 2012 at 11:20 pm |
      • Lars J

        REASON – You write "It is also interesting how we learn none of this by reading religious scripture or praying to a god." Have you considered the idea that religion brought people out of the stone age? You consider religion worthless, but you ignore the millions who found freedom from addictive behaviors through religion. (AA, etc) You consider the peace and comfort that millions find in their devotion to their God of zero value. To you the positive impact of million of religious charities and the selfless service of people to others who desperately need help to be of no value. The question you cannot answer is quite a simple one: Where do your values come from? Or do you see this universe as without meaning – that we are just worthless bags of water and carbon?

        March 29, 2012 at 2:14 am |
      • cacalips

        You must come from Uranus.

        March 29, 2012 at 5:18 am |
      • Knows Definitions

        "The Big Bang and Evolution are theories only and require just as much "faith" to believe in".

        Please, please, please know what theory means in the scientific context before saying something like that. Here you go: "Theory: a coherent group of tested general propositions, commonly regarded as correct, that can be used as principles of explanation and prediction for a class of phenomena: e.g: Einstein's theory of relativity. Synonyms: principle, law, doctrine."

        A SCIENTIFIC theory is based on observations, repeated tests, data and evidence. The definition of theory of which you are thinking is synonymous with hypothesis. While this definition is in the dictionary, again, in the scientific context, theory takes the first definition.

        March 29, 2012 at 12:04 pm |
    • Sovreign

      MUHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

      March 28, 2012 at 12:21 pm |
    • John Shepard

      I'll take care of the Reapers and Cerberus.

      March 28, 2012 at 12:27 pm |
      • Koko

        I got your back Commander Shepard. Joker and I just came back from the Citadel and we had one hell of a time. Ask Joker to tell you about his night with EDI. I would tell you personally but I have some calibrating to do.

        March 28, 2012 at 12:33 pm |
      • Garrus

        I'm with you, Commander!

        March 28, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
      • Legion

        Shepard. Commander. This platform is at your disposal.

        March 28, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
      • Wrex

        Sheppard.

        March 28, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
      • Rey

        Did you die?

        March 28, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
      • epyonnext

        I'll be in the engineering section if you need me Shepard.

        March 28, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
      • James Vega

        I'm with you, loco.

        March 28, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
      • McKay

        Ill be arbitrarily pushign buttons at the DHD... im with you

        March 28, 2012 at 3:06 pm |
      • QUAMIRE

        GIGIGITY!

        March 28, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
      • G V

        Can it wait? I'm in the middle of some calibrations.

        March 28, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
      • Chris Griffin

        His name is Quagmire (not Quamire) and he says giggity (not gigigity). Get it right you uneducated fool.

        April 22, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
    • echo tribe

      dont worry about them reapers, I just kicked there asses last night...

      March 28, 2012 at 12:45 pm |
    • Tali

      Keela Sa'lai!

      March 28, 2012 at 12:50 pm |
    • Billy Bob Cletus Feckwood, III

      NERD

      March 28, 2012 at 12:54 pm |
      • Soulnova

        DODGE!!

        March 28, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
    • ashefantastic

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!

      March 28, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
    • Adam

      The ME3 ending is one of the worst endings in all of science fiction. Bioware all but ruined an otherwise epic space trilogy with that contrived "space child" foolishness.

      March 28, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
      • Joe T.

        Have not played it yet but if you are referring to star child, I think Stanley Kubrick did that and last I checked, 2001: A Space Odyssey still holds up as great.

        March 28, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
      • GorillaInTheComments

        @Joe Just because you allude to a classic does not automatically mean your work is up to par. ME3's writers got overconfident and tried to create symbolism for the sake of symbolism.

        March 28, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
      • THOR

        http://social.bioware.com/forum/1/topic/355/index/9727423/1

        March 28, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
    • Admiral Hackett

      I love that Mass Effect shows its face on CNN.com. NICE WORK.

      March 28, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
      • tomsmail

        Not surprising. They're both entertainment outlets.

        March 28, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
    • John

      Did you just base your cosmology on Mass Effect?

      March 28, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
      • I Win

        Yes, yes I did.

        March 28, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
    • jking9806

      Your an idiot! REAPERS! Quit playing Mass Effect and go live a little

      March 28, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
      • I Win

        Apparently your sense of humor needs to "live a little". 😛

        March 28, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
      • Theorist

        I always love it when people insult the intelligence of others using the wrong form of "you're."

        March 28, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
      • geckopelli

        What's really funny is when somebody thinks "you're" and "your" are different forms of the same thing!

        March 28, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
      • me

        Give it up. The language is condensing and you can't stop it.

        March 28, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
    • Jonathan

      Not anymore bro. Shepard done screwed all that up. No cycle anymore.

      March 28, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
    • lroy

      Good place for people who believe in the myth of global warming, over population, support pro-abortion and pop birth control pills like they were vitamins. Have a nice trip. I'll stay right were I am and make my typing pro-life, pro-Catholic, anti-abortion, anti-birth control "rantings" make you miserable.

      March 28, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
      • StoneAgeProphet

        Science is the practice of observation, experimentation, and verification. These processes have allowed us to gain understanding about our world. Nearly every man-made object you use on a daily basis to live your life, came as the result of the scientific process. Computers didn't appear out of thin air because someone prayed.

        March 28, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
      • Adele

        To Stone Age: Computers and other man-made things came about because God created man with a capacity for intelligence. Man can then figure out how to create things that wouldn't otherwise come about. This is one reason why I believe in God. Some people say life on our planet came about by chance. Not so. It required a Creator, who put all the necessary elements in place for life to exist. How many billions of years do you think it would it have taken for test-tube babies to come about by chance?

        September 26, 2012 at 9:16 am |
    • CT

      It's funny how many people don't realize "I Win" was making a Mass Effect reference. It was a joke - and a good one at that for people who have played the games All these people replying with religious arguments need to relax a bit.

      March 28, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
    • John in WNY

      Why would those doing the indoctrination build the crucible? lol!

      March 28, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
    • raul

      bump bump mass relays !!!

      March 28, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
    • AGuest9

      They would end up with a Galactic Congress whose only viable function would be to make war, and to stand in the way of corporate progress..

      March 28, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
    • dmc78

      OMG... your right! I hope we have a John Shepard type person the next time that happens.

      March 29, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
    • S

      lol that is awesome!

      March 29, 2012 at 7:43 pm |
    • Shepard

      Even in death, I'm winning

      March 30, 2012 at 9:19 am |
1 2 3

Contributors

  • Elizabeth Landau
    Writer/Producer
  • Sophia Dengo
    Senior Designer