16 'super-Earths' found outside solar system
The HARPS instrument has identified an Earth-like planet, shown in this artist's impression, orbiting star HD 85512 in the southern constellation of Vela.
September 13th, 2011
10:44 AM ET

16 'super-Earths' found outside solar system

It's not like aliens put up a welcome banner or anything, but scientists now have newly identified at least one planet that could potentially sustain life.

The European Southern Observatory has just announced the discovery of more than 50 new exoplanets (planets outside our solar system), including 16 super-Earths (planets whose mass is between one and 10 times that of our own planet).

One of these planets in particular could theoretically be home to life if conditions are right. It's called HD 85512 b, and scientists say it's about 3.6 times the mass of the Earth. This planet is about 35 light years from Earth. Its location with respect to its star suggests that this planet could have liquid water under certain circumstances.

Don't get too excited, though; there's a lot more work to be done to explore whether this planet is truly fit for life, in addition to whether there are alien life forms there.

The discovery comes from High Accuracy Radial Velocity Planet Searcher, or HARPS. HARPS is located at the La Silla Observatory in Chile, and is part of a telescope that's nearly 12 feet long.

Here's how it works, according to ESO: When a planet orbits a star, the star move toward and away from the person who's stargazing on Earth in a regular fashion. That's called a change in radial velocity. Because of the Doppler effect, changes in radial velocity make the star's light spectrum move toward longer wavelengths when it's moving away, and toward shorter wavelengths as it gets closer. HARPS can detect this shift in the spectrum, and infer that there is a planet present.

So far, scientists have confirmed the existence of 564 planets outside of our solar system, according to NASA's PlanetQuest website, not counting this latest batch of more than 50. Beyond that, NASA's Kepler mission has found more than 1,200 exoplanet candidates.

"In the coming 10 to 20 years we should have the first list of potentially habitable planets in the Sun's neighbourhood. Making such a list is essential before future experiments can search for possible spectroscopic signatures of life in the exoplanet atmospheres," said Michel Mayor, who led the HARPS team, in a statement.

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  1. StPete

    Damn. If there are aliens, and if they're here, I just hope they don't read these stupid comments. They'd probably invade and wipe us out just to protect the rest of the galaxy from our collective goofiness.

    September 13, 2011 at 10:51 pm |
  2. Shane Wegner

    Let's go right now! Oh that's right, we can't. We de-funded our space program to the point where we ended the manned Space Shuttle missions... and they couldn't leave earth's orbit, let alone the solar system.

    But at least we blew like two trillion on wars in, countries many Americans couldn't even point to on the globe!

    September 13, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
  3. jerry

    Great place for the Muslim to go.

    September 13, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
    • Joe

      What! Then we'd have to travel 35 light years to sell them our weapons and steal their natural resources.

      September 13, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
    • LordXerxses

      HAHAHA, was gonna send them to the sun. LOL

      September 14, 2011 at 4:30 am |
  4. Joe

    Joe 3:18 "And Joe said thou shalt halt your silly talk about invisible sky gods."

    September 13, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
    • Gene

      Well Joe, we just got first hand evidence from your gods the scientist. Wonder how the will prove this. Always so make one proud when looking at such brilliant minds at work. One up for the agnostics.

      September 13, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
    • Joe

      I used to be like you. Religious and illiterate. Then I bought a book. lol. The whole "agnostics worship science" thing is soooo 1980. lol

      September 13, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
    • Arcscythe

      our god's planet is smaller than their god's planet....

      September 14, 2011 at 8:17 am |
  5. Joe

    I wonder if there are gay aliens. Seriously. I wonder about things like that.

    September 13, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
    • Nichole

      Joe, I'm with ya, don't feel bad, just like there are super Earths out there, there are other random people just like us. We are not alone.

      September 14, 2011 at 10:47 am |
  6. Gene

    And some say that people that put faith in God are dumb and uneducated but yet some will take these star gazers that look at a star or planet that is 35 light years away and tell you its another earth and could have life on it and you are to take their word for it because they are scienist but those are the one that are we put trust in?

    September 13, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
    • fimeilleur

      The difference is the scientist put their research where their mouth is... it is open for peer review... contradictions are pointed out, errors are identified, and the process starts all over. Religions put the absolute verility of their comments as to the testament of God. Contradictions are pointed out, errors are identified and Theologians scream "CONTEXT", "Your're not reading it right" and "The Lord works in misterious ways"

      September 13, 2011 at 11:03 pm |
    • Arcscythe

      It's your fellow conservatives and god worshippers that have brought this planet to the state its in...greed for petroleum and material goods... those who claim to be godly and take take take from the planet and it's inhabitants. Once your people start following their own rhetoric people MIGHT listen.

      September 14, 2011 at 8:20 am |
  7. tonya priest

    I am not certain, after meeting half of the people on this planet, if I would dare see whats on another planet..We as it is can not even get along on this Earth, who says we would get along with quote Aliens? Who says they would want us to be there? If we can now, see these planets, doesnt that make you ask, how long have they been able to see us? Who knows, but seriously, why would you want to mess with Universal nature and make it possible to locate, communicate and observe another life form. Earth is a mess, leave the Universal Peace alone...I am certain they have capabilities to see their universe as well, and could be far more anvanced...I am sure they know we are here. I would leave the lid on the can...and leave it alone!!

    September 13, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
    • Tostado

      can you honestly say youve met half of the people on our planet? hmmm? haha but yeah we on earth should work to achieve world peace before we start thinking universal, gotta start small.

      September 14, 2011 at 5:40 am |
  8. Lunatic

    Why Scientifics love to look like idiots? They know that Earth is in the right place. If we move a degree far from the Sun we will freeze,and if we move a degree closer to the Sun we will burn. Having said that, how a human will survive in a planet 35 light years away with no atmosphere? Wasted time and tax payers money here.

    September 13, 2011 at 10:11 pm |
    • Joe

      "Why Scientifics love to look like idiots?"

      Hmmmmm.........

      September 13, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
      • Thomas

        LOL!

        September 13, 2011 at 11:25 pm |
    • Arcscythe

      Y u no grammar better?

      September 14, 2011 at 8:21 am |
    • Jim

      You do realize that the whole "if earth was a degree further" crap is bs right? The earths orbit varies. But it's orders of magnitudes above a few degrees. It you're a Christian you're allowed to make up your own facts.

      September 14, 2011 at 9:02 am |
    • RS

      LOL "if the earth were to move a degree." My physics professor laughed when she explained some people think this is true. If it WERE true, the Earth would have "frozen" or "boiled" up long ago. Medium-sized Earthquakes are alone to shake the Earth a minimum of 10 feet in any direction. Pretty stupid to just assume thing without taking any thought to it eh, Mr. Scientifics?

      September 14, 2011 at 12:45 pm |
      • Caleb

        ummm Mister....you do know that planet 35 light years away has its own sun to keep it warm... and all planets have atmospheres besides mercury cause of its closeness to the sun...even the moon has one a very thin atmosphere tho but it has one nonetheless so sir, your argument is void!

        September 15, 2011 at 12:00 pm |
    • Mike

      dude there are over 100 billions planets and prob billions of suns dont be so stupid and learn befor u talk u and ur 4th grade education is laughable learn things befor u speak unless u like looking stupid contact me at http://www.facebook.com/LyNxViRus

      September 15, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  9. pennsylvania

    ah a great time for me to try out my new lightspeed car. so far it only goes a light speed an hour, i know not so impressive but i call dibs on the planet that is most likely able to sustain life.

    September 13, 2011 at 9:58 pm |
  10. Max Sternglass

    Interesting discovery. But what a deliberately misleading and annoying title. Are we paparazzi or serious journalists CNN?

    September 13, 2011 at 9:54 pm |
  11. pennsylvania

    Finally! a place to escape to!

    September 13, 2011 at 9:53 pm |
    • Joe

      You forgot the blacks. lol

      September 13, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
  12. steve

    Even at 35 light years there is no way we will ever get there unless there is some kind of major breakthrough in space travel. No way to realistically even send a probe. Nice to dream about though.

    September 13, 2011 at 9:47 pm |
    • Joe

      Go away Steve!

      September 13, 2011 at 10:37 pm |
    • then again....

      People thought crossing the Atlantic, and later, crossing North America, was highly unlikely. And certainly we could never, EVER reach the moon, much less survive travel to and from space, right?

      Potentially if we could someday travel at say, 1/3 the speed of light, that would put it at a little 100 years for the trip. Likely there will be people willing to volunteer for this mission, a mission that would take several generations of continuous space flight. Would I volunteer? No, but I guarantee plenty would. The other possibilities: suspended animation for those traveling there, remotely monitored and maintained from Earth. Also, though a very small quantity, negative energy has finally been accurately measured (with reproducible results). Once this process is refined and we're able to generate enough of it, warp travel becomes a very real possibility. For the nay-sayers, warp does NOT mean you actually travel at the speed of light or faster. It involves warping space-time itself. The APPEARANCE of ultra-fast travel is given, but it just isn't the same thing as the common understanding of speed.

      At any rate, we'd better continue to push the boundaries of speed and space exploration, because if nothing else, we know this planet won't last forever. Our sun will someday die, or a planet-killing comet or similar will come along. If we don't find a way to reach out and spread among the stars, our species' time is finite.

      September 14, 2011 at 12:20 am |
  13. Snake Speaks

    And then...China stopped inventing. Why...Is it because the Huns left?

    September 13, 2011 at 9:46 pm |
  14. Tim

    Only 35 light years away? Well, see ya later! in another parallel universe, that is!

    September 13, 2011 at 9:37 pm |
  15. PhilG.

    'SUPER' Earths.

    LOL.

    Are they made of ice and did they see Jorel on one?

    Sounds like super nonsense.

    The qualifying sentence is laughable.

    'Between 1 and 10 times the mass of Earth.'

    Good luck with that.

    Because everyone on this planet except the filthy rich are 'SUPER' broke.

    And they ain't funding rockets to anywhere.

    September 13, 2011 at 9:30 pm |
    • Snake Speaks

      I'm not super broke. I'm not filthy rich. And...I'm glad they are finding all these planets. Might find a place to send negative people from here...Phil. Try getting a positive attitude. Your disposition will improve and maybe also your situation.

      September 13, 2011 at 9:39 pm |
      • ChimeeeChow

        It's called reality! Maybe someday I'll come and visit you in fantasy land!

        September 14, 2011 at 9:41 am |
    • David Myers

      You clearly don't get the significance of being able to detect even a 1 to 10 times the size of earth planet from over 35 Light Years away. That is awesome science. Things like this may enable us to understand the universe from afar even if we currently have no way to visit. Your lack of imagination with regard to this ability is astounding.

      September 14, 2011 at 4:49 am |
    • RS

      Learn some math (or grow a brain is also acceptable) then come back to this chatboard.

      September 14, 2011 at 12:46 pm |
  16. God!!!

    Sinners!!!!! I will curse you all for reaching towards the heavans.

    September 13, 2011 at 9:30 pm |
    • Snake Speaks

      Don't know where in heaven's name the heavens are.

      September 13, 2011 at 9:40 pm |
    • Joe

      Noooooo!!!!!!!!

      September 13, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
  17. Snake Speaks

    Gotta find them all. Need to keep our eyes on them. Never know what they might send us. (No, not a Republican candidate for President.)

    September 13, 2011 at 9:23 pm |
  18. Jon

    Everyone who posts are idiots.

    September 13, 2011 at 9:19 pm |
    • cosmicsnoop

      For me, an idiot is someone who confuses his verb tenses.

      September 13, 2011 at 9:22 pm |
      • haha

        word.

        September 14, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
  19. cosmicsnoop

    There is no other biological life in the galaxy yet. There is life, but non-biological and other dimensional. This planet is the science experiment for this galaxy. On 12/21/2012, the Sun will be totally in the Photon Band and Earth will become multidimensional. All life that is able to stay in form after that will be blasted throughout the galaxy to seed it with biological life.

    September 13, 2011 at 9:16 pm |
    • ouch

      That sounds like it could hurt a bit. Plus, will my clothes still fit once I'm multi-dimensional?

      September 14, 2011 at 12:23 am |
    • David Myers

      You must mean "there is no other known life in this galaxy yet." Just because we haven't found evidence of it – yet, doesn't mean it isn't there. "Billions and Billions of stars" in our galaxy and who knows how many planets or how many habitable planets, let alone inhabited (by life) planets?

      September 14, 2011 at 4:52 am |
    • Tostado

      how'd you come up with that theory? its interesting....but still kinda crazy

      September 14, 2011 at 5:44 am |
      • cosmicsnoop

        Read "The Pleiadian Agenda" by Barbara Hand Clow. This is information that is known by many but is suppressed. It is out there if you look for it. To the other responders: I didn't say there was no life, just not biological life. There are plenty of non-biological (not carbon based) life and tons of other dimensional life. It will all be revealed when the Sun is fully in the Photon Band and Earth opens to the nine dimensions. You don't have to wait though.

        September 14, 2011 at 8:27 am |
      • Sci-Fi is here now

        @CosmicSnoop

        Dude that sounds like Mortal Kombat. If its true im gonna have to get my silent step and my roundhouse up. And dont forget the uppercut....the glorious uppercut.......EXCELLENT!!!!!

        September 14, 2011 at 9:29 am |
  20. LV

    I hope we do finid life. Then, maybe we can stop hearing from people who think the Earth is flat and humans rode atop dinosaurs.

    September 13, 2011 at 8:44 pm |
  21. ibrad

    Let me tell you bout the birds and the bees and the flowers and the trees.....

    September 13, 2011 at 8:42 pm |
    • eyeforgot

      ...and the moon up above,...

      September 13, 2011 at 9:30 pm |
      • Snake Speaks

        and a thing called love.

        September 13, 2011 at 9:35 pm |
  22. Lucius Malfoy

    I CLAIM THIS PLANET IN THE NAME OF THE DARK LORD! FROM HENCE FORWARD, THIS PLANET WILL BE KNOWN SOLELY AS PLANET VOLDEMORT!

    September 13, 2011 at 8:38 pm |
  23. dave

    The Lord Jezus said that all dem plants are fake, they are fake like the dinosours, put in da ground by the devil himself. Yes Sir. Yes Sir. Praize Jezus – haluga loogiah.

    September 13, 2011 at 8:29 pm |
    • Three Dogs

      Finuhly, a sowl dat understandz da word of de gud lawd, AMEN bruddah!

      September 13, 2011 at 8:35 pm |
  24. Three Dogs

    Watch we inhabit one of these planets one day.... and coincidentally, this planet will have native american like creatures. That shit would be just like avatar 😮

    September 13, 2011 at 8:24 pm |
    • LV

      ...except the part where the natives survive.

      September 13, 2011 at 8:45 pm |
  25. msadr

    I understand the need to look for planets that humans could potentially inhabit. After we have finished sucking all the life out of the Earth, we will need somewhere else to go. But the search for life on other planets is NOT SCIENCE! It is faith. There is ZERO proof that any life exists anywhere other than here. There is not one shred of proof. Science is supposed to attempt to understand what it observes – NOT to seek out what it believes must exist with zero proof. To believe in life on other planets is Faith, not science. And searching for it is a colossal waste of money.

    September 13, 2011 at 8:20 pm |
    • Three Dogs

      Thats a little arrogant to believe dont you think? I mean, scientists believe there are over 125 BILLION galaxies in the universe. To date, we've discovered (give or take some) 185 planets. 9 in our solar system (I still count Pluto), and a myriad more outside of out solar system! You have a valid point in saying that science should try to understand what it observes, but what we are observing is that there are probably TRILLIONS of planets in our universe.

      September 13, 2011 at 8:33 pm |
      • msadr

        OK, so there are probably trillions of planets. That might or might not be true. But 100% of our observations so far indicate that there is no life out there at all. If assumptions, inferences and probabilities were any use, we would have found some evidence of life on Mars – a planet that once had a decent environment and is nearby to another planet packed with life (ours). But we found nothing there. nothing. You can't base a scientific endeavor on a probability that has already failed you!

        September 13, 2011 at 8:55 pm |
      • cosmicsnoop

        There was life on Mars. That is where we came from first, but destroyed that planet. All this info is out there, but is suppressed by the World Management Team.

        September 13, 2011 at 9:20 pm |
      • Snake Speaks

        I believe they did find evidence of life on Mars.

        September 13, 2011 at 9:44 pm |
      • David Myers

        msadr: You are wrong to say "we have found nothing there." We have found water and we have found conditions that could support microbiological life. That ain't "nothing". Again, just because we haven't found direct evidence of life there yet, doesn't mean it isn't there!

        September 14, 2011 at 4:58 am |
    • klay

      google – "Drake Equation" You will find your answers there.

      September 14, 2011 at 8:01 am |
  26. Weeds

    I just ate some Mushrooms and I am already there. I claim this Planet in the name of myself.

    September 13, 2011 at 8:18 pm |
  27. New Super Planets?

    Maybe all the Republicans can move to one of those, and stop destroying Earth.

    September 13, 2011 at 8:11 pm |
    • pam

      No, leave em here. This planet is slowly, but surely dying. Only animal loving, plant loving people can go to the new planets. Leave the riff-raff behind to fend for themselves. Like to drill big holes in the ground, looking for oil? You are staying here too.

      September 13, 2011 at 8:19 pm |
  28. Chris

    Boy, the humor here is atrocious, but it's better than the serious comments. Firstly, who says we can't ever get to these other planets? Secondly, who says we have to get to them to learn valuable insights about our own planet? Thirdly, it thrills me to no end to think we may be on the verge of confirming extraterrestrial life. I don't care if it's just algae, it's freakin' alien life! Come on folks, forget wars and politics - space exploration is the shiznit! Wake up and smell the sapiens.

    September 13, 2011 at 7:51 pm |
  29. Liz

    Let's hope the human race never reachs this planet and does to it what we have done to earth

    September 13, 2011 at 7:50 pm |
    • pam

      AMEN!

      September 13, 2011 at 8:21 pm |
  30. SuperHornetDriver

    Lets call one of the planets Reach.

    September 13, 2011 at 7:50 pm |
  31. Massive Marbles

    RIGHT NOW! There are secret labs and experiments in various stages going on all over this country. Some just too weird others very dangerous. Whenever something goes wrong, they scorch the place and some forest fire just magically appears. Government research grants and black bag operations are what's holding this country back. We are nothing to those in power but working leeches. Our monetary system is strained at the seams with grants for unconventional laboratory experiments. Don't believe me...just wait and see.

    September 13, 2011 at 7:49 pm |
  32. Richard

    What time does the first bus depart? I want to be on it!

    September 13, 2011 at 7:48 pm |
  33. brown

    hahaha!

    You filthy focking human earthings are never leaving the Earth alive! You are living in your graveyard!

    Die human!

    September 13, 2011 at 7:44 pm |
  34. Monty Jackson

    Hmmm. 3.6 times larger than earth. Isn't there a little issue of gravity before we decide this planet could support vacationers?

    September 13, 2011 at 7:39 pm |
    • ChimeeeChow

      It's called Flaustine Paradise. Bruce Willis has been there, so just give him a call and he'll tell you all about it.

      September 14, 2011 at 9:47 am |
    • Kevin in Atlanta

      It depends actually. If the planet is larger, yet somehow not as dense as the Earth, then we could expect gravity to be about the same.

      Honestly we won't know until we can study the planet(s) further. Right now the only real thing we know is that the planet exist.

      September 14, 2011 at 10:48 am |
  35. mnemonic

    It's called HD 85512 b.

    NO, IT'S NOT! That's just the combination of alpha-numeric characters we have created to classify it. Only the residents of this exoplanet know it's true name and only if they have as many hang-ups as we do about classifying everything. Humanity is the only animal on this planet that refers to it as "earth." Every other animal just thinks of it as home.

    September 13, 2011 at 7:38 pm |
    • mnemonic

      point of clarification – no apostrophe in first "its," and humanity is the only animal that refers to "our" planet as earth. Sorry, had to correct...I have linguistic hang-ups.

      September 13, 2011 at 7:42 pm |
      • zeke

        actually there is an apostrophe in the 1st it's. It's = "It is".

        September 14, 2011 at 9:59 am |
  36. Tom Simon

    Super – let's make a deal with the Taliban – they can have the super planet – we get Earth. Come to think of it – let's make a deal with the tea braggers. They get Super Planet. Rick Perry and Michele Bachman can then be emperor and empress. Let the farce be with you.

    September 13, 2011 at 7:28 pm |
  37. Sclavid

    35x 6 trillion miles= 210 trillion miles. Ha Ha

    September 13, 2011 at 7:26 pm |
  38. Clarence

    You would need the Keys to the Kingdom of God (The Heavens) to get there. I have the Keys, the singularity formation calculated; nonetheless the Resurrection ship has 12 sections with 1,200 seats (Biblical 144,000), The Universal Deep Space Transport System is only for the Saints, sane human antimatter forms (Angel Spirits).
    Warning this is not a test from the emergency broadcast system. This is a real emergency Revelations. 8:7 The first (The First will be Last) sounded, and there came hail and fire, mixed with blood, and they were thrown to the earth; and a third of the earth was burned up, and a third of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass was burned up.

    Check out Rev. 8:8 when the British Petroleum mobile platform burned like a mountain and sank bleeding crude killing the wild life. It is hard for me to believe.

    Fallout is the residual radiation hazard from a nuclear war, so called because it "falls out" of the atmosphere after the thousands of explosions. Global radioactive contamination destroyed the fragile atmosphere.

    Can you be love – and be loved...

    September 13, 2011 at 7:22 pm |
    • Observer

      First, could you tell us about talking serpents, bushes that burn without disintegrating, men living in whales and 600-year-old men building a ship big enough to hold hundreds of thousands of animals and months of food?

      September 13, 2011 at 7:41 pm |
  39. Massive Marbles

    Everyone knows that military science is always about 25 years ahead of what the public is allowed to know. My theory is that we have the capability to travel at light speed now, but its TOP SECRET! The probability is clear that if we have the knowledge, we're already using it. My guess would be that either an ark with our complete DNA sequences has already been launched and is enroute to one of these worlds as we speak. Cryogenic sleeping pods on that vessel probably contain a crew from Earth. Our government would never tell us this because we don't have the need to know...or do we?

    September 13, 2011 at 7:22 pm |
  40. Joey Elmblad Jr.

    Watch when we invade those planets and take over the aliens population lol.....

    September 13, 2011 at 7:21 pm |
  41. Massive Marbles

    If all of those planets are inhabited by intelligent life, then they are already aware of our presence.

    September 13, 2011 at 7:09 pm |
  42. Clarence

    What does it take to be intellegent life form?

    Physics and Astrophysics are general knowege, the basics. Where do epiphanies come from?

    In A New Earth, spiritual teacher and author Eckhart Tolle (The Power of Now) advocates present moment awareness and the dismantling of the ego as the path towards awakened living. A New Earth gets its title from a Bible verse referring to the rising of "a new heaven and a new earth." According to Tolle, "heaven" is the awakened state that will bring about "a new earth".

    This book will make you an intellegent life form. It will open your mind to the transporter, black hole input and white hole output. The Universe is a machine and only through understanding, working within the machine, is deep space transport possible. The nature of SYMMETRY is the truth mathematically and spiritually. For example as there becomes less resources there becomes more insanity. I own the keys Physics is God! There is only one force Gravity!

    September 13, 2011 at 7:08 pm |
    • Kevin in Atlanta

      What the hell are you on about?

      September 14, 2011 at 10:55 am |
  43. WHYsoANGRY?

    How are we (as human beings) expected to explore, let alone travel, to these distant parts of the universe when we've only just barely scratched the surface of our own planet? There's still close to 90% of our own ocean that has yet to be explored.

    But another way to look at it is that we have determined that there are many places in the ocean that should not sustain life and yet we find more and more species living in extremely harsh conditions on the ocean floors. So just because we do not see any physical evidence of life doesn't mean it isn't there.

    What I mean to say is that even with our technological advances if we can't even fully explore our own planet, how can we even think of traveling to even harsher extreme, unimagineable, and even dangerous conditions in space? Yes. we have already been to space but that's equivalent to spalshing around in an 8oz bowl of water from the ocean compared to the ever-expanding universe.

    September 13, 2011 at 6:45 pm |
  44. albert

    Science is becoming another religion. They make bold claims, try to pawn it off as truth, and yet have zero proof. It takes faith to believe this garbage. No different than religion.

    September 13, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
    • David Myers

      You are full of it and obviously don't understand how science works. It is called peer review and it means all discoveries and theories are challenged constantly by the scientist's peers and the observations or explainations that have significant, reproducible evidence get to rule as the truth until a better but still reproducible explanation comes along. That is a hell of a lot stricter a criteria of proof than faith or religion. Learn something about science before you pontificate further, please.

      September 14, 2011 at 5:06 am |
      • ChimeeeChow

        No! David Meyers, Albert is right you bafoon! We don't need another version of the taliban screwing with people's heads, making claims of something they know nothing about. We don't even have a reliable method to fly to the moon and back, let alone 25 light years. Who gives a phuq what's out there, let's take care of home first you phuqing cacksuckers!

        September 14, 2011 at 9:54 am |
  45. Clarence

    How to get to Heaven:

    In A New Earth, spiritual teacher and author Eckhart Tolle (The Power of Now) advocates present moment awareness and the dismantling of the ego as the path towards awakened living. A New Earth gets its title from a Bible verse referring to the rising of "a new heaven and a new earth." According to Tolle, "heaven" is the awakened state that will bring about "a new earth".

    This book will make you an intellegent life form. It will open your mind to the transporter, black hole input and white hole output. The Universe is a machine and only through understanding, working within the machine, is deep space transport possible. The nature of symmetry is the truth mathematically and spiritually. For example as there becomes less resources there becomes more insanity, more wars. Humans are prejudice given limited resources. Can one imagine the importance of unlimited resources, access to the heavens.

    September 13, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  46. Bonzo Madrid

    So... the mass of the planet is more than Earth, and the same goes for the gravity. The inhabitants are likely to be bigger and stronger than comparable life on Earth.
    ...
    They'll probably kick our asses. Let's stay put here instead.

    September 13, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  47. Interplexer

    wat??!! you are all being Extreme RETARDS Nao. F-it.

    September 13, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  48. Interplexer

    Wow, You guys are way too serious about the comments.
    Religion? It plays arole in societies that need some sort of structure, and to people personally, why need something to believein to get through, or even to those people who casually believe just because it would be nice if someone was looking out for us in the background.......

    Reality.... Scientific fact has proven at least, that there is no Mystical all knowing omnipotent being that floats around a magically happy and perfect place. YES, PROVEN. Do you know why? Well ( if you can manage to be open-minded) Our newest discoveries consist of Dark matter, and Dark energy. Look it up, it's not sci-fi anymore. They are there, and were found by inference. If the Almighty did actually exist, (note I'm just using the Christian/Catholic version of God), then we would be able at least to infer it's factual existence with a test or another. Try reading articles and book on technological advancement, if you are not a TARD it will enlighten you to real happenings.

    September 13, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
    • albert

      Nice try, but you obviously do not know the concept of God. If you want to see a "tard", look in the mirror. Science has not been able to prove that God does not exist. By the way please send picture of this alleged life that lives in outer space. Billions of dollars spent and still no prove? Interesting. I guess science tards believe in the unseen after all.

      September 13, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
      • WHYsoANGRY?

        Scientists have been finding the building blocks of DNA in meteorites since the 1960s. this contributes to the idea that life can exist outside of our own planet. whether they are sentient or not. Some form of life exists out there whether you believe it or not. This does not disprove in a greater pwer though. Only added this to provide a little insight.

        And INterplexer is right about religion. I used to be religous but I have learned that religion just gets in the way or greater understanding and enlightnement. I'm not disagreeing with other people's beliefs, I'm merely trying to let people know that you CAN find actual proof if you dig deep enough. But even then. It is only up to the individual to decide.

        Also. Many people in this board seem to think there hasn't been evidence that we have been "visited." Govternment conspiracies, UFOs. They're not just stories and fiction. And I'm not trying to sound like one of those crazies that are so unforgivably stereotyped, but I believe because I've witnessed an odd occurence in my life that have led me to believe there are intelligent beings being hidden from us by the govt. Many nations have made their findings in space public now. But some of teh bigger coutries like the US and UK still have these documents kept hidden and away from public speculation.

        So stop going at each other and go after the real truth for yourselves if you're remotely interested.

        September 13, 2011 at 6:56 pm |
      • Manohman

        "Billions of dollars spent and still no prove? Interesting. I guess science tards believe in the unseen after all."

        Albert, by far the best comeback I've seen on this and any other argument of science vs religion. Well done. No side can prove the other wrong.

        September 14, 2011 at 12:57 pm |
  49. Clarence

    You would need the Keys to the Kingdom of God (The Heavens) to get there.

    Is man ready to understand the singularity formation, within relativity, black hole deep transport and the Truth calculated?

    Can one acknowlege the Resurrection ships. One ship has 12 sections with 1,200 seats (Biblical 144,000), The Universal Deep Space Transport System is only for the sane human antimatter forms (spirits). This supreme being does not reject anyone who repents, one who denounces greed, lies and pervesion will be saved; that is the meaning of the Christ Angle on the cross. The last exodus was under the Egyptian Ankh Symbol. Last chance to change over to Natures Passage.

    Warning this is not a test from the emergency broadcast system. This is a real emergency Revelations. 8:7 The first (The First will be Last) sounded, and there came hail and fire, mixed with blood, and they were thrown to the earth; and a third of the earth was burned up, and a third of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass was burned up.

    Fallout is the residual radiation hazard from a nuclear war, so called because it "falls out" of the atmosphere after the thousands of explosions. Global radioactive contamination destroyed the fragile atmosphere and planet earth becomes hell.

    Join a bible based church today all are welcome.

    September 13, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
    • albert

      False Christians like you really ruin it for the true Christians who know the truth. No scripture in the Bible exists speaking of 144,000 ships. Your comments make a mockery of God. Please read Matthew 7:23-26.

      September 13, 2011 at 6:39 pm |
  50. PABLO

    I hope there is intelligent life in outer space because, apparently, there is precious little of it on this planet.

    September 13, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  51. Fred

    Why do these discoveries always bring out the religious trolls afraid of the pending truths. Stay and the church, and the rest of us alone.

    September 13, 2011 at 6:11 pm |
  52. JB

    I wonder if there will ever be intelligent life here on earth

    September 13, 2011 at 6:06 pm |
    • pacsman72

      There used to be.. until the Internet changed everything.

      September 13, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
      • David Myers

        No, we just didn't realize the vast number of intellectual slugs that existed until the internet gave them a way to make the presence detectable. Ugh! Sometimes science doesn't pay.

        September 14, 2011 at 5:11 am |
  53. Pirate

    You'd think that if they were able to get a great picture like that of the planet from so far away, they could zoom in just a touch more and see if there was actually life on it or not.

    September 13, 2011 at 6:02 pm |
    • sam

      LOL

      September 13, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
  54. pacsman72

    Wow! Could it be one of those is Pandora? Maybe we can eliminate the indigenous population and exploit it for all of that Unobtainium!! Now, if we just had a rocket that could take a manned mission to another solar system...

    September 13, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
  55. ROCKWOOD

    One can only hope that what we are calling humanity, never reaches these planets.........

    September 13, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
  56. beubanks7507

    @ Trollgoal:
    Your statement is missing one key fact. There is no legitimate reason life cannot exist on some other basis besides carbon and oxygen. In fact, silicon based organisms have been hypothesized for years as it is chemically very similar to carbon. If the particular situation on a planet precludes 'our' type of life, then it is quite possible that another set of bio-chemical reactions could have taken their place. Just because life does not exist in a form on this planet does not preclude it on another.

    A few more points:

    First. Would you all stop babbling about creationism vs. evolution vs. whatever. This is not a religion forum. None of you are making any new points so, you are adding nothing to the discussion. All you are doing is taking up space from those who have legitimate questions or possibly enlightening statements. Just as a point though, creationism does not preclude life on other planets. It only says that the Creator (whom ever you wish that to be) made man in his image on this world. He (being the omnipotent ruler of the universe and all) could have tried something different somewhere else.

    Second. I doubt that humans will destroy the world before we reach another. Most of the technology needed for that kind of mission already exists or is in the pipeline. It wont be quick but, we will get there. As for destroying this world, I have my doubts. In the last three quarters of a century, there has been a growing recognition that we need to be better stewards of our world and that it is actually financially viable in many instances to do so. I believe that this will continue as technology becomes cheaper in these areas.

    Third. Most likely, if we find alien life it will be in the form of single or extremely simple multi-cell organisms. These are the most robust and plentiful life form on our planet because of their adaptability. As a terrestrial example take the water bear. This tiny organism can survive lethal doses of radiation, acidic pools approaching that of sulfuric acid, and the vacuum of space. Single celled organisms have even been proposed to exist in interstellar gas clouds. All of the right chemicals are there so it is possible. Granted none have ever been found though.

    Fourth. We are approximately two thirds of the way out of our galaxy on a spiral arm. Therefore, there is two thirds of our galaxy that is significantly older than our little abode. Taking this into account, if we were to meet intelligent life it would more than likely be more advanced than us because it has had longer to develop.

    September 13, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
    • Trollgoal

      hypothesized only ....nothing tested and nothing proven....scientific method means that without results its only a theory.

      September 13, 2011 at 5:58 pm |
      • Kevin in Atlanta

        It is the pursuit of the solutions to those theories which gives rise to actual answers.

        Back when humanity thought the Earth was flat, someone came up with the theory that it was round. If they hadn't attempted to find that answer, we would all still be thinking that we could fall off the edge of a planet.

        September 14, 2011 at 11:20 am |
    • David Myers

      I agree that this should be a forum about science and space discoveries, but all too many anti-intellectual or anti-science trolls are too bored to find a more appropriate place to do their trolling and get their jollies.

      September 14, 2011 at 5:13 am |
  57. Carson

    i totaly aggre mark im about tired of all the drama in this earth i mean we are all nebigors read the bible treat everyone as ur nebigor

    September 13, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  58. Shells

    Wow, "under certain circumstances, there could be liquid water". Sounds like Antarctica...(Sarcastically) "Well, if you want to live there, you'd be able to survive for a couple of months out of the year. Then you'd freeze to death. Yep, sounds like the perfect planet for life to me!

    September 13, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  59. AgentJ

    We'll make Grape PEZ,
    We'll make Graaape PEZZZ!

    September 13, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  60. Trollgoal

    Except for one minor problem...MORE MASS = MORE GRAVITY

    If earth were slightly larger, its gravity would be stronger and hydrogen, a light gas, would collect, being unable to escape the earth’s gravity. Thus, the atmosphere would be inhospitable to life. On the other hand, if our earth were slightly smaller, life-sustaining oxygen would escape and surface water would evaporate. In either case, we could not live....because life is impossible without water... “The special conditions on earth resulting from its ideal size, element composition, and nearly circular orbit at a perfect distance from a long-lived star, the sun, made possible the accumulation of water on the earth’s surface.” (Integrated Principles of Zoology, 7th edition)

    so it must be some 'other' kind of life....

    what 'other' kind of life you ask???

    there is no 'other type' of life that we know of or could even compare....

    ASK THE CRICKETS...chirp, chirp, chirp...

    I love these stupid articles that make up these stupid hypothesis' and yet leave out the most basic scientific principals...akin to evolutionists arguments that things 'just grew a _______" without any reference to and in complete ignorance of any biochemistry and principals therein...

    September 13, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
    • Planetguy

      Nearly everything you said is wrong. More mass = more gravity, but not more surface gravity, necessarily. For example Saturn is 100x the mass of the Earth but the "surface" (at least where there would be one, Saturn is a gas giant) is the same as the Earth's.

      Life is certainly possible under many conditions not known to us because we are only beginning to explore. Who knew that life could exist at thermal vents until recently.

      Finally anyone who discounts the science of evolution could hardly be trusted to defend scientific principles.

      September 13, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
      • Trollgoal

        what's that stuff that also found in thermal vents???... oh yeah...WATER

        "possible under many conditions not known to us"....really??? possible under conditions not known? ....don't the conditions dictate what is possible and what is not???

        September 13, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
      • sam

        The guy has 'troll' right in his name – I'd let this one go, he's just being a little b!tch.

        September 13, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  61. I am an alien

    Pathetic Earthlings!
    There's life everywhere in the universe. I have seen it. Soon you all will see too.

    September 13, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  62. M-Theory

    If the "reason" of evolution and the structure of the life system at large is to stay alive through time....then life must eventually evolve to leave this planet. This planet will not last and so life must find another. The surest of way of seeding other planets is for lifeforms to evolve into technology-inspired beings. Any other way (spores surviving on asteroids, etc) is a crap shoot. If life as a whole is to survive beyond the earth then human interest and ultimate success in space travel is destiny.....a destiny possibly beyond our own free-will.

    September 13, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
    • I am an alien

      Have you even contemplated the idea that maybe Earthlings ARE the continuation of life that came from other planets and solar systems that can no longer support life.

      September 13, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
      • M-Theory

        It's very possible...but if so then via panspermia and rudimentary lifeforms. Intelligent seeding may be much more efficient .

        September 13, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
      • Shells

        Yeah, sounds like a brilliant theory. No wait, supposedly we came from apes. Apes aren't smart enough to jump planets. Could it be that God created the Earth and that every attempt on the part of science to find life on other planets is folly? With all the planets in the solar system, ours is one of a kind. No matter how scientists spin it, God created all the planets and made ours unique, with life that is.

        September 13, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
  63. MattMan

    Does this mean I would weigh 1,850 pounds on the planet that is 10x the mass or Earth? Just wondering what life would be like with the difference in the gravitational pull...

    September 13, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  64. Planetguy

    Here's some info for those interested. The first planet around another star was discovered in 1995 by these same guys (who are European). They are using an observatory in South America to reach the southern sky. Other observatories in the northern sky are manned by American groups (Hawaii, etc) and they are the other prolific planet discovers. The Kepler planets are VERY far away compared to these new discoveries so in terms of follow-on science, these new ones are preferred, since they are easier to study. If one travels at 1/2 the speed of light (a perfectly obtainable speed without violating any laws of physics) it would take 70 years to get there, and there is no reason this could not be done. Probably spending 1 year of the world's military budget in space travel could set up an "space ark" with enough food, water, and O2 to get there with living humans. As far as leaps in science are concerned, they keep being made. Most of the matter and energy in the universe is dark and of unknown origin. So there is quite a bit for science to still accomplish.

    September 13, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
  65. Dennis

    Finally! We have a chance to kill someone else.

    September 13, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
  66. boogietime

    Are we going to go colonize a new planet? I call shotgun!

    September 13, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  67. McJesus

    Send in the missionaries. Quick! Tell them JESUS is their savior too and that a talking snake helped start it all!

    September 13, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  68. Reemo

    I think we should focus only on things in space that we can actually reach in our lifetime. Any object beyond our solar system is only relevant if it's headed our way.

    September 13, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  69. 2bits

    Can we ship all the religious nuts to that planet? That's about 5 billion people!

    September 13, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  70. Makencise

    Fantastic!
    Imagine to find life in other planets, a lil inferior to us, and invading them to impose Catholic Church!
    Just Imagine how fantastic is that!

    September 13, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
    • Makencise

      Or you really believe the pope and its Lucifer Observatory is just looking outer life just for fun?
      Its for conversion!
      Welcome to the new era of really universal catholic church!!!

      September 13, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
  71. Jack

    Maybe someday we will find intelligent life in the universe. There's not very much on this planet.

    September 13, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
  72. Santa Claus

    I don't care if these alien people are christian, they shall receive no presents come december 25th.

    September 13, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
  73. Ethernet

    Where is everyone?

    September 13, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
  74. CallHim Jmmanuel

    did they also find god or 16 gods for each of those super earths? and here i was told there's only 1 earth and no other life outside of earth.

    September 13, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
  75. Wobbles

    HD 85512 b - Given the distinct possibility, nay, probability that the next POTUS will be yet another all hat-no cattle Texican, I want to go there now.

    September 13, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
  76. beubanks7507

    Okay, a couple of points:
    One. If you believe in creationism, there is nothing saying that the Creator did not create other worlds. It only wayse that we were created in his image. He could have done something different somewhere else.

    Second, I wouldn't worry about humans destroying another world. We probably won't get there for another couple of hundred years at least (assuming an uptick in scientific discovery) and, by then I think humanity will probably have nearly destroyed itself and come back together. A little optimistic but not altogether unrealistic.

    Third. All of the posters blabbing on about science verses creationism repetitively need to stop. You aren't making any new arguments. All you are doing is crowding the page so the few people who have something interesting to say get lost.

    Fourth. Chances are, that if we meet alien life, it will be in the form of single celled organisms. They are the most numerous life forms on earth. Some have even been hypothesized to exist in gas clouds in the vacuum of space where, as far as we know, it is impossible for higher organisms to exist. As a terrestrial example, take the water bear. This small organism can survive lethal doses of radiation, acidic pools on the level of sulfuric acid and, the vacuum of space.

    Fifth. We are roughly two thirds of the way out on a spiral arm in our galaxy. Meaning that there is two third of our galaxy that is significantly older than our little abode here. So, following that, if we meet intelligent life; it is more likely than not that it will be far more advanced than us.

    I hope this gives everyone something to think about and post back MEANINGFUL comments. Not the usual gibberish.

    September 13, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
    • Moe

      Add beer and some ape descendants, then get started on creationism. The math is simple.

      September 13, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
  77. Moe

    Somebody is going to have populate that new planet. If you have a big stimulus package I bet you can get the gig.

    September 13, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
  78. WHYsoANGRY?

    For all religious zealots and over-enthusiastic atheists, "Ignorance is Bliss."

    September 13, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
    • Brian

      I would say over-enthusiastic atheists are also religious zealots.

      Fact is, it IS possible to traverse the galaxy, the mainstream human society just hasn't figured it out yet, but other civilizations out there have millions of years on us... according to our human timeframe.

      September 13, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
      • WHYsoANGRY?

        I agree that they are both one in the same. But I decided to separate the two groups as to not make anyone mad.

        September 13, 2011 at 7:20 pm |
  79. Ethernet

    675

    September 13, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
    • jenny

      309

      September 14, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
  80. Ethernet

    We had such a NICE discussion going on, then all of a sudden, it stopped. ~sad face~

    September 13, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
  81. Azezel

    Well, what is it now. 4500 extra solar planets found? When are we going to start developing the science driver programs required for a star drive? We may need to go back to a productive money system first.

    September 13, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
  82. bob

    i found life on uranus last night

    September 13, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
  83. Brian

    Extraterrestrial disclosure is happening slowly.

    September 13, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
    • Zeta Reticulan

      Exactly !! I just want it to happen in my lifetime.

      September 13, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
  84. jweller

    Argh. Why are politics always brought brought in by some commenters in just about every news story these days. Aren't we tired of politics invading every itsy bitsy tiny winy part of our life.

    September 13, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
    • Brian

      Brian likes this comment.

      September 13, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
  85. Ray

    We should send a probe there,it will take 35 years to reach it but it may be worth doing it.

    September 13, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
    • Kevin in Atlanta

      It would take 35 years traveling at the speed of light to reach it. At our current technological level, it would take over 100 years to reach this planet.

      September 14, 2011 at 11:43 am |
  86. Casey

    What a great story! Out of the billions of planets in the universe we found a handful the same size as ours. That's just super! Too bad we could never get close enough to find out if the planet is anything more than slag. FYI scientists if you are going to compare something to Earth i.e "Super Earth" maybe you should double check that it has resources comparable to Earth like water and stuff; otherwise, there is no real comparison to Earth.

    September 13, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
  87. b

    LOUD NOISES!

    September 13, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
  88. Colin

    Can you imagine if there is intelligent life capable of the journey here. I can just see it when they meet their first Christian, "So let me get this straight, the entire Universe was created for you by some infinitely-old, all-powerful, invisible sky god dreamed up in Bronze Age Palestinean slum. And just to really round things out, the whole process took six days and involved a talking snake."

    "Sorry Captian, no intelligent life down here. Beam me up".

    September 13, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
    • Manohman

      Dude, you're such a wuss you don't dare write that about a Muslim. "Those silly Christians are so easy to pick on, they won't mind me being such a tough guy". Wuss.

      September 14, 2011 at 12:42 pm |
  89. exodus84

    Sweet! Now all we need is a wormhole so we can go to this place after we completely annihilate the Earth!

    For the religious crowd there's always John 10:16 – "I have other sheep that don't belong to this fold. I must lead these also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock and one shepherd." Some believe Jesus was referring to the Jews, some think the Gentiles and some even think alien life. YMMV

    September 13, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
    • Dawn

      cool
      could be

      September 14, 2011 at 12:07 pm |
    • Will

      You give a bad name to humanity.

      September 14, 2011 at 12:21 pm |
    • Nichole

      Try decaf...

      September 14, 2011 at 12:22 pm |
    • yeti37

      there may not be a god, but there appears to be a surplus of exclamation points. Do 37 " ! " mean more than one? I'm confused.

      September 14, 2011 at 12:29 pm |
    • wow

      This is why the gene pool must be chlorinated from time to time.

      September 14, 2011 at 12:37 pm |
    • Marc

      Curious. Does religion in fact refrain a person from believeing in extraterrestial life? Because "we are made in his image and likeness" according to at least one of the major religions?

      What if there are other humanoid species in those "exoplanets"? Does that mean God visited the planet hrough one of his prophets?

      What if said species are not humanoid (you know, two arms, two legs, head, torso)? Does that mean Gos hasn't been there, or that someone else created them , or that God does not exist?

      I am a religious person, and follow one of the major religions (I'll leave to others to guess or make fun of me), but I personally believe that to think we are the only ones out there is being closed-minded.

      September 14, 2011 at 12:38 pm |
      • neoritter

        Well before the Ancient Aliens series on the History Channel there was a special on aliens in the bible and/or existance of aliens in religion. A Catholic priest mentioned a statement by the Vatican, that if sentient alien life existed, we should treat them with respect and with open hands of friendship (I'm paraphrasing of course). So for at least one denomination alien life is an ok concept it seems.

        September 14, 2011 at 1:06 pm |
      • Dan

        Marc, my name is Dan. I recently been intreiged in the astrophysialogy of space. It is completed true that thinking we are the only ones out there is extremly closed-minded. Space, is so massive and big, that comparing it to us makes us look like microscopic x 10^100000000000000000. There is life out there wether its humanoid or not. People who dont beleive there are other life forms out there, is because theyd rather not research it themselves. They dont wanna take the time to find out, its naturaly human. Humans are extremely full heartedly selfish. When one beleives that there is only one god, others follow and listen. When another idea is brought up the ones that realized the potenetial in making such a claim, were honored with rewards and fame. With the being said others follow suite. However now we actually have the technology to prove the truth. People disagree with the fact there is other life out there only because they fear it. They fear their way of life(religion) was a waste of time. So they block that thought out of there mind and fight against it. On a major scale you know how devistating it would be on human culture if we found other life? We would be in shock, people would fight against them, and only few will help them. Humans have slowly over time integrated the idea of aliens coming into our existance. Notice that only as of recently have we encoorporated aleins into movies, toys, and social life. The effect aleins would have had on humans, if they shown themselves prior to the 20th century. The real problem is that humans want to find the aleins rather than aleins finding them. The fact that a civilization is more technologically advanced than us and capable of performing things beyond our wildest dreams just dismays man kind. Only because we are in control here, we rule. Something advanced than us scares most.

        Thoughts to ponder.
        Dr. Steele

        September 14, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
      • Timothy Chipp

        Except you don't need to travel to a far away planet to find life that isn't humanoid, so I'm not sure what exactly it is you're trying to say. Look at life in the ocean, or plant life all over our planet. Just because religion says God created us in his image doesn't mean he created life in his image. As an atheist, I can understand that the book of Genesis was created to explain human existence to humans, a concept that actually requires a lot more patience than one would think. Chances are the life on these planets would either be superhuman and beyond such trivialities like religion, or on the level of a monkey or a squirrel and not capable of free thought, which is what brings religious beliefs into conception. So if they aren't like us, it would be no different than us finding a starfish or manta ray in the ocean. They're just different from us.

        September 14, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
      • Sequoia

        Sooo, I'm a vegetarian, does that mean God is a tree? Maybe some kind of bean stalk? Summer squash? Cauliflower?

        September 14, 2011 at 1:43 pm |
      • Joe

        I believe he meant intelligent life forms like us that are self aware and have emotions and high though processes than a starfish lol.

        September 14, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
      • Ron

        I don't know if this is the exact quote, but Spock once stated...Only human arrogance could believe that they are the only sentient species in the entire universe.

        September 14, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
      • Alex Gessong

        Marc, if God created Man in God's image, it's possible that means man's *soul*, not body. Would God need a head, torso, limbs? Hair? Seems unlikely. What's more likely is that Man tries to cast God in Man's image. If there is a God, and if there is life in other worlds, both could be unlike anything any human has ever imagined. Personally, I believe there is a God, and I'd like to believe that there's life on other worlds, but there is no evidence to prove the existence of either of these. All we have right now is wishful thinking. Still, even if there is no God and no extraterrestrial life, there's abundant, diverse life right here on Earth, and that in itself makes this a wonderful universe.

        September 14, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
      • Caleb

        I am a Catholic and fully believe in Alien Life, God could have made "side projects" or something of that nature hell look outside and see all the life out there, it's not all human life is it? So why can't their be other life out there that is not human?

        September 15, 2011 at 11:40 am |
      • Carlos

        So, Humanity is God's "main project", and all other possible life in our ridiculously large universe are "side projects" for him. I can't imagine ever being as self-centered as religion demands of you to be.

        September 15, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
      • KS67

        The responses here are ridiculous and juvenile. I myself am an athiest, however I refuse to take this as some retarded opportunity to knock Marc for his religious beliefs. His thoughts are spot on and simple enough for a non-evolved chimpanzee to understand.

        He is suggesting that religion is not always what keeps a person from believing or 'not' believing in life forms existing on other planets. Maybe you all need to realize that it's not Marc whom has a knee-jerk over-reactive brain based on a closed mind. Look in the mirror next time you want to see someone with out an original thought and stuck in the dark ages of assumption, regurgitation, stereo-typing and juvenile idiocy.

        September 15, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
      • Mike

        Dude... God is fake we are all gods lol... and no most alien races are humonoids just there skin color eye size n stuff like that may be different stop being brainwashed about this fake Religion stuff the bible is real just what it says in there isnt about god its about beings that came n helped early men and we labled those beings as gods comeon man wake up and smell the truth contact me on http://www.facebook.com/LyNxViRus if u wana talk about this just add me and ill explain everything to u kay

        September 15, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
    • RS

      "try decaf"

      LOL! That is freaking hilarious hahahahaha

      September 14, 2011 at 12:39 pm |
    • Steve

      It seems one of the exoplanet's inhabitants mistakenly landed in this comment field...

      September 14, 2011 at 12:45 pm |
    • Raven

      The sooner they find more planets, the quicker we can get rid of uncultured characters such as yourself. Its is a wonder you were even able to log onto the net...or perhaps you dictated your thoughts and your kid brother typed them for you.

      September 14, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
    • Jim Swanson

      It is evidenced by the vehemence with which such statements are made that such people are only trying to convice themselves. It lacks any confidence that they who know there is a God do peacefully live with.
      Additionally, this crass and rude attitude is the result of giving up belief in a Divine being – or at least not understanding His true nature and the true nature of this life.

      September 14, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
    • Chase

      Biblical Ignorance well spoken here!!!

      September 14, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
    • MattVP

      Why did CNN even let this person make this username. Yea CNN you want your children to see these sorts of comments. Nice screening to make sure the comments are safe. Get to work CNN.

      September 14, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
    • DivideByZero

      LOL; Holy crap dude, seriously cut back on the Ritalin.

      September 14, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
    • Seth Ryan

      Did someone forget their meds this morning? Keep chanting omtagawa, omtogawa and you'll feel better!

      September 14, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
    • Larry

      I can't believe what people will believe in. Anyway, all space stations are a waste, you might have worlds on top of worlds, and liveable Planets, but to have human life, i don't see that, but to have some other life, could be? Looking into light years away, is just wasteing time. who cares if they had life like ours, are we going to visit, no. Is it going to help in anyway, no. Are we going to live on another planet, no. So why bother, unless time machines come into play. lol. Say we find something 40 billion light years away, that would keep us young and we would never die, It's not going to happen. No one is going to live away from Earth, if that could be done, i think we would have been born with rockets up our butt. How we are, is how we die, no aliens, no visits from space. Nothing to this day has proven anything, inquiring minds just want to know. 🙂 With the Money that this Country needs, it wastes so much money on nothing. You all can fantasize all you want, but reality is, we are here, and we aren't going nowhere.

      September 14, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
      • Vince

        Larry, you have the most narrow-minded view I've ever read. Waste of time? What a joke. How will you discover new things if you don't look or try? You build your mind, technology, culture, civilization, etc. by exploring, testing, researching and learning. Who knows where the next break through in the understanding of our universe will come from. Go ahead Larry, stick your head in the sand, maybe you'll find the answers there.

        September 14, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
      • Toby

        I see... so in other words man will never fly, if we were meant to fly we would have been born with wings so why bother?

        You sir, have been served.

        September 14, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
      • Daryl

        And I suppose that humans should never be able to make stupid comments on a system that is made up of weird signals and magic boxes? Something we just might call the Internet...

        Coz if we were allowed, we would have routers up our butts right?

        September 14, 2011 at 8:27 pm |
      • Mike

        man.... we can visit them ur soooo dumb! u really dont think we havent got any reversed ufo's are u that brainwashed bro? how much more proof do u need or are u gonna beleave anything out lieing ass government tells u o its swamp gas o no weather balloon o no thats a bird people like need to open ur minds and think for urself instead of leting the government speak for u

        September 15, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
      • Antwort

        Why focus on other life forms that potentially dont exist when we can be spending our life forms on helping the ones that do exist? I appreciate the science and all (i mean, i did read this article) but I totally see where Larry is coming from.

        and Toby man doesnt fly- planes do. We werent born inside planes. And do you even know what "served means?" Because your point was pointless.

        September 16, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
      • randy

        you need to think outside what you think. its pointless to discover different things? pointless discovering lightyears away? looking into other life forms from different planets is pointless? how else do you think humans evolve? from sitting there bashing what people believe in? its essential for the technology we have nowadays to discover , and potentially visit planets that have life and could sustain human life. and who are YOU to say we wont live outside this planet. we've been to the moon, sent drones to mars, and deep into space. and we really wouldnt find anything 40BIllion lightyears away because a lightyear is 5Trillion miles, (obviously you didnt know that because your so narrow minded) its hard enough discovering something 320 lightyears away. your thinking so far inward the box its retarded. if it wasnt for the things we've accomplished already , you wouldnt have a T.V, computer, cell phone, or anything besides a camp fire , without marshmellows. open your mind up to new things, and stop focusing on what other people believe in, and think for yourself.

        September 18, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
    • MiddleWay14

      How conveniently vague of that bible scripture. Just like everything else in that storybook.

      September 14, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
      • Shawn

        Agreed.

        September 14, 2011 at 7:54 pm |
    • Coug

      When you feel resistance when using a Q-tip, that's when you stop

      September 14, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
    • Obvious Woman

      People....seriously...Troy is a troll. Get over yourselves. Knowing that he's satirically responding (in typical internet troll fashion) to the previous comment about God, I found his comment really funny.

      September 14, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
    • Izzy

      Awwwww...did you miss nap time little boy?

      September 14, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
    • raja banji

      For the record, there are 126 "!"

      September 14, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
    • clinky

      I'll pray for you to use better punctuation.

      September 14, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
    • AnakinSkywalker

      I'm curious why they don't show us a real picture. Why is this image above just an artists impression and why do they not give the name of the artist? Its all a bunch of crap. Ever heard of Star Wars?

      September 14, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
    • Science

      let me ask you this, when you are sick, not feeling well, do you go to see a doctor, or a priest?

      September 14, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
      • Maj. Tom

        A doctor, silly. Unless the priest is a licensed physician as well. Then it wouldn't really matter.

        September 14, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
    • CT

      It's fairly obvious this all-caps guy is joking to get you people riled up. Calm down, everyone.

      September 14, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
    • "god" is irrelevant

      try deCAPS...

      September 14, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
    • Jason K

      exodus84, read John Ch9 and you will see that the entirety of the passage you mentioned is being spoken to the Pharisacial Jewish leaders. At this time Yeshua was still preaching the Kingdom of God to the Jews. He did not preach to the gentiles, as that was not his job. He was there for his sheep. If the sheep are Israel, his fold were those that recognized him as a man of God at the very least. (Example, the very blind man in the passage just before this one). The other fold is therefore a clear reference to others that are NOT Israel. Seeing as the Jews saw everyone that was not a Jew as the scum of the Earth, I guess you could infer aliens...but it would logically be determined to be the Gentiles to whom he would give the apostles the command to go to after his ressurrection in Acts.

      September 14, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
    • ivan romero

      it will be cool to send "troy" and all evil people to one of this planets 🙂

      September 14, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
    • ya

      Who said that God and UFO cant exist in same time, you idiots?

      September 14, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
    • Tony

      What does taxes and obama have to do with God? Also ,just a guess from your name, u love ur mother a little too much...

      September 14, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
    • gliese42

      Awessome. I agree with you. We can't be alone and ii we are than who created us and who created the creator

      September 14, 2011 at 8:07 pm |
    • Rational

      If we ever go to another planet, we sure as hell won't be bringing Religion. Let's do it right this time.

      September 14, 2011 at 9:59 pm |
      • Lala land

        On the mark Rational!

        September 17, 2011 at 1:36 am |
    • Jasmin

      Seriously was all that really necessary? If you don't believe in God the alright good for you. That person said for" the religious crowd". If you aren't a religious person then don't comment at all. That was just really immature. Respect people's beliefs and get some damn sense.

      September 14, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
    • Paul

      People of course are products of their environment I guess your loving mother made a mistake with you. If you really love her as you say to do ask her to make a zipper and sew it on your mouth.

      September 15, 2011 at 12:46 am |
    • Jim

      Troy,

      Forget your meds today?

      September 15, 2011 at 6:23 am |
    • blickelgorban

      yup would kill every plant if we could get to them...

      September 20, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
  90. Zeta Reticulan

    We know there's life on Zeta 2 Reticuli but it needs to be kept secret while we acclimate humans to that fact. Too soon & you'll all go nuts.

    September 13, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
    • McJesus

      Shhh.. don't reveal to them the existence of Xenu, our galactic overlord just yet. In about 50 years we can all take space ships (not unlike DC10's) to travel to this far off world where we can all be blown up in volcanoes to become spirit parasites to molest the next generation of life which will arise on that world. Right Scientologists?

      September 13, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
      • beubanks7507

        Nice, I was wondering when the Scientology jokes were going to start. But seriously, can we delete all the religious nut posts, all they are doing is taking up space.

        September 13, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
      • Harry Caray

        Thats believed to be the home system of the Grey's. Has nothing to do with Scientology.

        September 14, 2011 at 12:32 pm |
    • Reilly Martin

      Uh, Duh, This is Reilly Martin. Robin's got a big ol shout box.

      September 14, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
  91. MY TWO CENTS WORTH

    For Those That Came In Late: Even our closest star, Alpha Centauri, is FORTY YEARS AWAY, moving at 1/10th lightspeed. and thats 67,000,000 mph.(sixty-seven million miles an hour) Yeah, and you'd need fuel to slow down when you got there, too...

    September 13, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
    • zeke

      You could use the star's gravity to maintain orbit and if there were planets you could slingshot into one of their orbits. We could use a better fuel source and propulsion system though. We'll get there someday and these are the first baby steps.

      September 14, 2011 at 9:52 am |
      • neoritter

        Hydrogen would be the most likely fuel source, Hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe and as it just happens frozen water can be quite common in space. I think it's Ganymede (could be wrong, it's an ice moon of Saturn I believe) has been proposed as a possible fueling station sometime in the future.

        September 14, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
    • SarahFarrell

      Can cats survive on any of these planets? I recently read an article that they can adapt to anything. I think I would rather not live on a planet with cats. They scare me and my future husband.

      September 14, 2011 at 9:54 am |
      • rufus

        Sarah,

        How could we live on a planet with no PUSSIES???

        September 14, 2011 at 10:04 am |
      • george

        How about rats? They can adapt to anything.

        September 14, 2011 at 10:05 am |
      • mac katz

        an all-cat planet with no humans, how nice. but who would clean out my litter box?

        September 14, 2011 at 10:41 am |
      • Mike

        It shall be called Planet of the Cats.

        September 14, 2011 at 11:12 am |
      • Chuck

        Take your stinking paws off me, you damn dirty cats!

        September 14, 2011 at 12:00 pm |
      • Paul

        You will find cats to be beauty queens compared to the creepy crawlers we might see on these other planets. There's nothing to suggest the life could be anything like ours so be ready for the unexpected.

        September 14, 2011 at 12:31 pm |
      • Mig

        So this is where the THUNDERCATS live... I always wondered about that

        September 14, 2011 at 1:45 pm |
      • EnochLight

        LOL!!!!! +10, Sarah.

        September 14, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
    • dnarich

      Yes – thanks for the reality check.

      As I used to tell my children, if you were to get into a spaceship on the day you were born, and hurdle through space headed towards the nearest star, as fast as the fastest spaceship any human has ever flown, the closest star would seem no closer at the end of your life than it did on the day you were born (you would cover less than 1% of the distance).

      It is truly mind-boggling to consider – that is the reality of the distance to the closest star, a mere 4 billion (or so) light years from earth – and the most distant galaxies we can see are 15 billion light years from earth.

      September 14, 2011 at 10:03 am |
      • Kevin in Atlanta

        Your numbers are a bit off as the closest start to Earth is Proxima Centura. It's only 4.22 light years away. And the furthest galaxies we can see are about 13.7 billion away.

        However, I guess when explaining this to children, it doesn't really matter...

        September 14, 2011 at 10:30 am |
      • KenFla

        You are incorrect. The nearest star is only 4.2 lightyears away and is called Proxima Centauri. Our fastest spacecraft would take approx. 50k years to reach it. Let's face it, we are screwed when this planet takes a dump.. errr, let me rephrase that, when WE finish destroying it!

        September 14, 2011 at 10:32 am |
      • DerelictMonster

        dnarich, you should read more before posting. 4 billion? Try 4 light years away. Maybe a typo?

        September 14, 2011 at 10:43 am |
      • Chazz Michael Michaels

        Dnarich, I think you mean mind-bottling. Silly

        September 14, 2011 at 11:19 am |
      • Bobby

        Ever here of a teseract?

        September 14, 2011 at 11:29 am |
      • Jon

        How exactly do you "hurdle" through space? I suppose you could place some barriers for a ship to fly over as it nears them...

        September 14, 2011 at 12:24 pm |
      • Meph

        Light speed travel will never exist. Thats why they invented worm holes. This message is being sent retroactively from the future.

        September 14, 2011 at 12:27 pm |
      • Steverino

        Whatever the numbers are don't under estimate technology. The hypotheses of time travel not necessarily backward but forward is considered within the realm of possibility by leading scientists. This is not theoretical nonsense, advances in the knowledge of physics and their application to this phenomena may not be as far away as we think. Close no doors folks!

        September 14, 2011 at 1:01 pm |
      • neoritter

        Steveorino – You mean you don't know how to travel forward in time? I do it everyday. It's so easy. And the faster I move the faster I go through time.

        September 14, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
      • qurgh

        Actually we could travel that distance in less than a lifetime of a human if we used a fusion or fission powered engine. There were plans in the 60s to build such a ship. Using the engines designed in Project Orion (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Orion_(nuclear_propulsion) it could be possible to get to 8%-10% of the speed of light, maybe even faster if it was updated to today's technology. At these speeds time dilation might also have a noticeable effect, so the journey might even seem shorter for the passengers than the people watching on Earth.

        September 14, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
    • djwazu

      It was said man could never fly!

      September 14, 2011 at 10:04 am |
      • JS

        Man still cant fly silly, we just created a dependable flying machine other than dragons we use to use 20,000 years back.

        September 14, 2011 at 11:40 am |
    • Paul

      So, it is Monday morning and you and a few close friends hop on a "Space Shuttle Service" flight to this kick-butt new place to live. You are 21. And, how old are you when you get there? Or is everyone frozen and then thawed-out upon arrival? Sorry. Think I will wait for the next train.

      September 14, 2011 at 10:15 am |
    • JC

      Idiot. Proxima Centari A and B are 4.5 light years from earth. Read a book. And for anyone wanting to do the math, the speed of light is 186,000 per second 😉

      September 14, 2011 at 10:16 am |
      • Nichole

        186,000 miles per second–not that I am correcting you, just clarifying. A light year is almost 6 trillion miles. Just saying.

        September 14, 2011 at 10:39 am |
      • Nino4576

        I believe a single light year is 6,000,000,000, 000 miles too. So think about that one.

        September 14, 2011 at 10:43 am |
      • JustMe

        Um, the initial post says 40 years at *1/10* the speed of light. So yeah, it should have been 45 years, but the quoted speed of 1/10 light speed = 67M mph is correct. 186,000 * 60 * 60 -> 669.6M mph * 1/10 -> 67M mph.

        September 14, 2011 at 10:49 am |
      • SuperVal

        Alpha Centauri C is Proxima Centauri. So dont go calling others idiot.

        September 14, 2011 at 10:57 am |
      • Dave Space Guy

        JC

        "Idiot. Proxima Centari A and B are 4.5 light years from earth. Read a book. And for anyone wanting to do the math, the speed of light is 186,000 per second "

        For the record. It is ALPHA Centari A and B that are 4.5 LY Not Alpha Proxima. It revolves around A and B at about 1/5 of LY away. It's current position in that rotation makes it closer to our solar system by that distance.

        September 14, 2011 at 11:02 am |
      • Icemanslim

        Have any of you ever kissed a girl?

        September 14, 2011 at 11:37 am |
      • JS

        all of you guyz are wrong. It takes only 2 years to get there, while you on your way can you take all republican candidates with you. Since all of them are MAVERICKS.

        September 14, 2011 at 11:43 am |
      • guest

        That's a lot of Frequent Flyer miles...

        September 14, 2011 at 11:46 am |
      • Todd

        186,282 miles per second = 670,543,200 miles per hour. One-tenth of that is 67+ Million miles per hour.

        September 14, 2011 at 12:18 pm |
    • Paul

      I wouldn't worry about an over populated Earth – the U.S. military will keep everything in check. I'm sure there is another boogey man just around the corner that needs to be bombed, along with a few hundred thousand innocent people.

      September 14, 2011 at 10:20 am |
      • James

        Yes, because the U.S. military makes foreign policy decisions. Oh wait - that's right. They actually take orders from your bullsh*t government. Your troops are not to blame for our apparent need for mass exodus - and if I were one of them, I'd dedicate the next week to geo-locating your pale, sickly mug to teach you a lesson in how the world works, starting with what happens to idiots who speak before thinking.

        September 14, 2011 at 10:37 am |
      • You're Kidding, Right?

        As opposed to Saddam Hussein massacring tens of thousands of Kurds? And the Taliban massacring thousands of Hazara?

        Who were the first people giving aid to earthquake-ravaged Haiti? Oh, that's right - the US military.

        September 14, 2011 at 12:05 pm |
      • SomaTheBlueMoon

        James! why does the idiot who posted this have to be pale and sickly? not all Americans are white!

        September 14, 2011 at 1:45 pm |
    • Spock

      We can't build one now, but some sort of nuclear-powered interstellar ramjet engine could gather hydrogen atoms (the most common in the intersteallar medium) and use them as reaction mass to power a spacecraft. This would provide continuous acceleration (and deceleration at our destination) and would allow the craft to approach light-speed on long trips. Relativistic effects would slow down time for those on board, so the trip would not take as long for them, although it would seem to take longer to an observer on Earth.

      September 14, 2011 at 10:25 am |
      • I hate aliens

        We could also develop a use of the gamma rays that exist in space, if we found some way to harness gamma rays and use there energy, space ships could go FOREVER, however gamma rays kill anything it comes in contact with so this would be very hard to do.

        September 14, 2011 at 11:10 am |
      • Griffin

        You have been reading too much Ringworld!

        September 14, 2011 at 6:09 pm |
    • Read More

      Robert Heinlein discussed this issue and a possible solution. You create a ship to serve as an "Ark" so to speak. Set up a society of young couples, and it will not be them who colonize the planet, but the second generation.

      September 14, 2011 at 10:26 am |
      • jj

        There have also been wonderful stories about these 'arks' plodding thru space. When they finally arrive, they find Earthlings already there – due to huge advancements in propulsion after they left. Or the loneliness of the hero-astronaut, who returns to Earth not much older than when he left, due to time compression at near-light speed. But his planet has aged hundreds of years since he left. Maybe society has even collapsed. Nothing like a good story about space or time travel!

        September 14, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
      • tiabs

        JJ, I like your version. Could be a good movie. Ever thought about that?
        Anyway, what is going on here? Some telescope in Chile claims it found several planets. How do you know it's not following the dirt on it's lenses? Can it find *dirt* on our own planet and clean it so we can all live peacefully. Know species in our own planet and love them before you go out there to meet some other being. How do you know they didn't habitat here? All beings have some sort of language we just don't understand them. They do. So, who is smarter? Still Humans? Time is not too far we all will see other panet beings. In this lifetime.

        September 14, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
      • Read More

        You're forgetting one thing JJ.....that most of the technology around you, most of the scientific advancements made, were dreamed up by Sci-fi authors. Many people said the same thing you are saying after reading "From the Earth to the Moon" by Jules Verne? I repeat...read more. Not just stories but history, science and sociology...you may in fact learn to think outside the box, instead of staying inside of it all the time.

        September 14, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
    • Jell

      Where did you come up with these numbers?!? Did you just pick them out of a hat? I wont requote the actual figures (another poster has already done so), but wow.

      Dont just spread ignorance – do some research before spewing your BS.

      September 14, 2011 at 10:27 am |
    • Bob

      Umm, STARGATE....Hello??? We don't have to fly there when we can teleport instead! Besides, what's the alternative, stay here and wait for Earth to wipe us out like it does every other species?

      September 14, 2011 at 10:27 am |
      • doughuts

        How you gonna get the receiving gate to the other planet?

        September 14, 2011 at 12:01 pm |
    • I Work For An Observatory

      "Even our closest star, Alpha Centauri..."

      Uh... no. Our CLOSEST STAR is our own SUN. Good grief. Can you get any dumber then this?

      As to the article... it also gets so much wrong it isn't funny. The headline alone made me face-palm (like they would find 50 super-earths INSIDE our solar system... good grief).

      September 14, 2011 at 10:37 am |
      • Vancouveroid

        "Than", not "then", genius!

        September 14, 2011 at 10:50 am |
      • Charlie Brown

        Stop stealing my line. Good Grief!

        September 14, 2011 at 11:59 am |
      • Lucy

        Blockhead!

        September 14, 2011 at 12:06 pm |
      • greaseman

        The sun isn't a star its a sun. Duh!

        September 14, 2011 at 12:16 pm |
      • Sally

        Everybody just loves my naturally curly hair!

        September 14, 2011 at 12:25 pm |
      • Harry Caray

        If the moon was made of BBQ spare ribs....would you eat it? Heck...I know I would.

        September 14, 2011 at 12:35 pm |
      • stupidpeoplearebreeding

        AAAHHH HAHAHAHA! I was wondering when someone would point that fact out. Good for you. All the other morons are busy trying to sound smart debating the speed of light! HAHA thats great.

        September 14, 2011 at 12:36 pm |
      • GizzyN

        @greaseman – "The sun isn't a star its a sun. Duh!"

        Seriously?

        *shakes head* I weep for humanity.

        September 14, 2011 at 1:04 pm |
      • I Hate You All

        greaseman, lucy, and harry caray are freaking IDIOITS! GIGGLE

        September 14, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
    • ME student

      And don't forget that at that speed the alpha particles relative to your velocity at 67 million mph will light you up like a christmas tree on super steroids killing you WAY before you reached your destination.

      September 14, 2011 at 10:46 am |
    • John Caldwell

      Seems like you'd need almost the same amount of fuel at each end of the trip. Alternatively we could take hundreds of years to get there and then wait 35 years for information. I don't think we'll be technical beings at that point, if we exist at all.

      September 14, 2011 at 11:04 am |
    • LuisWu

      Alpha Centauri is FOUR light years away not FORTY.

      September 14, 2011 at 11:06 am |
    • Tobey Hockett

      Could someone please answer this question: Can anyone tell me that there is NOT a twin earth exactly opposite the sun from us? For example, if the earth is at 3 o'clock, could there be another planet at 9 o'clock, in the same exact orbit as the earth, and we just can't see it because of the sun?

      September 14, 2011 at 11:35 am |
      • bdgfn

        Really? Is this a serious question? And, to quote another poster, have you ever kissed a girl?

        September 14, 2011 at 12:15 pm |
      • Professor Zweistein

        An interesting philosophical question, but easily resolved. There cannot be a "twin earth" on the opposite side of the sun because gravity generated by the "twin" would affect the orbits of other planets. It would be very easy to detect the erratic paths of Mercury, Venus, and Mars as they wobbled around in their orbits.

        September 14, 2011 at 12:38 pm |
      • BACKGROUNDC52

        There was a good movie about that concept in the 60's and basically the guy makes it there and everything is the exact same as earth except backwards. The words and books are upside and backwards, what is left is right, etc. I don't remember the name of the movie unfortunately. =/ Maybe someone else can help with that.

        September 14, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
    • Jjay

      ...you don't need "slowdown" rockets....just use a paprachute!

      September 14, 2011 at 12:18 pm |
    • David, CA

      When I die- launch my coffin at one of these planets. It won't matter that it takes umpteen thousand years to get there, but when my remains land, the aliens will be like, "What the hell?!? I guess we're not alone." Then they'll spend hundreds, thousands of years trying to figure out where the hell I came from, start a new religion, really mess up their civilization. It'd be an awesome prank.

      September 14, 2011 at 12:36 pm |
      • Justice

        Hahahah! Absolutely hilarious! You have quite the imagination. Although, it's a great idea for a movie… specifically a comedy.

        Yeah, I like that.

        September 14, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
      • Dave for God 2012

        David, CA has the best idea on here and would make him a legend or perhaps the God of Pranks. I've actually thought about this from a serious point of view, but I prefer Daves. Let's lobby Congress for another trillion or so and make Dave a "God" on an alien planet. We'll also have to stock your coffin with items from earth. But only truly worldly items. iPhone 6, of course, Beatles greatest hits, an AK-47, a six pack of beer, pack of smokes, bags of weed (the good stuff), in-n-out burger (not worldly...yet!) and the final item can be a nuclear device just to let them know we're packing heat on planet earth, so come in peace. Good luck man...I mean God.

        September 14, 2011 at 2:02 pm |
  92. yeti37

    If we are staring at them through our telescopes, wouldn't that make us stalkers? What if they are changing or something?

    Great, we are the creepers of the universe neighborhood...

    September 13, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
    • Ethernet

      Sounds like a porn site.

      September 13, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
      • yeti37

        i'm looking at them now, and they all look over 18. But what i'm seeing now, left their planet 35 years ago making them 53 now.

        Ummmm, i'm not so interested anymore....

        September 13, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
      • Ethernet

        Looks like we have another MILF site then.

        September 13, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
      • AlienVoyer

        It looks like it takes three to have sex on that planet...

        September 13, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
      • ThisPlanetIsDying

        You all don't get it. this planet is dying and we will, at the present rate of growth, out GROW it in like 100 years. That's not so long as to try and find another planet to inhabet.
        But No. Don't let me stop you..... Becasue If your making jokes now, let's just hope that you all haven't reproduced and made even worse versions of yourselves.

        September 14, 2011 at 1:44 am |
      • SheffboyRD

        Uptight commenter who feels the need to make an unnecessarily serious/hostile response to what are clearly jokes: Check.

        There's always that one guy, am I right.

        September 14, 2011 at 2:23 am |
      • Huh

        To ThisPlanetIsDying or worse more versions of you

        September 14, 2011 at 7:13 am |
      • Johnson

        @ThisPlanetIsDying... If your spelling is indicative of our global IQ, we'll be finished and done before another century passes.

        September 14, 2011 at 7:34 am |
      • Revolutionary

        @ comedown. lol funny stuff

        September 14, 2011 at 7:59 am |
      • Nick

        @ThisPlanetIsDying

        You're a fool if you think that population growth is exponential or constant. Things will level off, just like everything else. Go hug a tree or something

        September 14, 2011 at 9:06 am |
      • Qi

        Nonsense. All God fearing people now that Earth is the only planet with life and the universe is 6000 yrs old. All the rest is lies propagated by Satan to confuse you. Kind of like "Global Warming" hoax....

        September 14, 2011 at 9:17 am |
      • lul

        i lol'd at all the people saying we are trying to move to another planet because ours is getting over-populated. if you think we are over-populated please stop creating off-spring

        September 14, 2011 at 9:22 am |
      • Earth is bigger than Human race

        Population growth will greatly impact the Earth, I agree on that HOWEVER so will the Black Plague, Famine, Earthquotes, droughts, Solar storms, ...yadda yadda, and lets not forget the main reason humans are always in check: WAR.

        Seriously, Mother Nature takes herself seriously and we are just a spec for a short term on this planet. Major events will happen (as they always have) and the population will thin again to support the best fit for the next generation of life.

        Checks and balances: Lets say you own a tiny island on a Lake in Northern Canada. Currently it can only support about 1000 rodents, some birds, and a few snakes. If there is a forrest fire on that island, what happens over the next 20 years. Do you think no life will exist in 20? Wrong, other animals will again populate it and it may be a different mix.

        It would be great to find life elsewhere and I believe we can find solutions to life on other planets within 100 years (growth of technology is exponential). Unless you believe Harvey Danger where only stupid people are breeding

        September 14, 2011 at 9:38 am |
      • TF144

        Wow, some of you people have proved how retarded the majority of the population on this planet really is. The fact of the matter IS that this planet is already borderline overpopulated and we're already straining our food supplies. Livestock herds are dropping in numbers and thanks to highly growing demand, food prices are rising. In some cases making it too expensive for some poor families around the world to even eat anymore. But of course as far as you're concerned this planet can sustain your glutonous eating habits and fuel for your gas guzzling SUV forever right? Idiots.........

        September 14, 2011 at 9:39 am |
    • pirate

      Aye, let's check out some booty!!

      September 13, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
    • Jose San Antonio

      Are you guys peeking at Uranus? ha-ha-ha!!!

      September 13, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
      • cachuw

        We can only hope it's not your uranus!!

        September 14, 2011 at 6:03 am |
      • Homer Simpson

        And its a very nice Uranus also!!!!!!

        September 14, 2011 at 7:12 am |
      • Moe Szyslak

        While you were on CNN commenting Homer, I did Marge...Gotta go!

        September 14, 2011 at 9:28 am |
    • Big Planet

      Do you think the chicken there tastes like chicken?

      September 13, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
      • pam

        No, everyone there is vegan.

        September 13, 2011 at 8:17 pm |
      • bock bock

        No, their chicken tastes like Uranus.

        September 14, 2011 at 12:04 am |
      • Mouse

        That's exactly my point. Exactly. Because you have to wonder: how do the machines know what Tasty Wheat tasted like? Maybe they got it wrong. Maybe what I think Tasty Wheat tasted like actually tasted like oatmeal, or tuna fish. That makes you wonder about a lot of things. You take chicken, for example: maybe they couldn't figure out what to make chicken taste like, which is why chicken tastes like everything.

        September 14, 2011 at 9:10 am |
      • Little Planet

        @Mouse Are you high?

        September 14, 2011 at 9:24 am |
      • ChimeeeChow

        @MOUSE Dude I really like the Matrix movies too, but damn, you can quote it? Get a hobby bro

        September 14, 2011 at 9:38 am |
    • motionosis

      Hey 'cyberspace junkies' we all may inhabit 'planet earth' but that doesn't make us FIT TO INHABIT any new ones!!! Beam that into your bubble heads!

      September 13, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
      • Thomas

        You're absolutely right! None of us are fit to live on this wonderful planet. I say we ALL put ourselves out of Earth's misery once and for all.

        You go first.

        September 13, 2011 at 11:20 pm |
      • Chanceofflight

        Even if there is intelligent life, I suggest we let them be. The first people to get in contact with them would be our so called leaders. The firs thing we will due is attempt to display evidence that they are building weapons of mass destruction so we can invade. We've caused enough damage and bloodshed on our planet, lets not ruin another.

        September 14, 2011 at 4:44 am |
      • Tostado

        you know those evil aliens that we read about in science fiction? you know, the ones who want to invade planets enslave the inhabitants and exploit its resources. wouldn't it be funny if it turned out that we were those aliens!

        September 14, 2011 at 5:32 am |
      • sweeeeetd

        @thomas: i think what he means is that "biologically" we might not be able to just step out of the space ship and survive. our environment (oxygen content, etc) is very specific, and it took us a long time to evolve and adapt to it (according to one version, haha). So just because it has oxygen and water, doesn't mean there isn't some kind of other human-toxic gas or substance floating around.

        September 14, 2011 at 5:48 am |
      • TruthinSight

        @Tostado: Given human history, I'd say there's a good chance you'd be correct

        September 14, 2011 at 7:17 am |
      • brian

        "Cyberspace"? dont you mean outerspace? or just space junkies? your comment is discounted on the fact that you have no idea what you are talking about. if you read the article, you would see that it means outer space, not the Internet/intranets.

        September 14, 2011 at 8:58 am |
      • Epidi

        @Tostado – I think you would be correct in that assumption. We would do to that planet what we did to the New World when it was discovered. Bring alot of germs with us that the Native inhabitants have no resistance to and kill the majority of them off – however passively. Or, the microbes on that planet would wipe us out. How can you colonize a place where you have no immunities to the local fauna?

        September 14, 2011 at 9:10 am |
      • first law of new planet

        they should outlaw and ban patriarchy there. maybe you could just go ahead and do that now. first law of new planet. we could call it bozotron's first law of new planets.

        September 14, 2011 at 9:43 am |
      • Rho

        @Tostado
        There is actually a scifi short story or book written about that. Been a long time since I've read it and I don't remember much about it. You go through almost the entire story with them talking about these aliens that are attacking them. Fierce. Aggressive. Scary. It's written in such a way that you just assume the narrator is a human. Then towards the end they describe the invaders and themselves. You realise the invaders are us and the narrator is an alien. Rather eye opening.

        September 14, 2011 at 10:25 am |
      • doughuts

        @Epidi

        The only reason those microbes were able to attack the Native Americans, et al, when the Europeans arrived was that they had all evolved in the same planet.
        Anything on an alein planet would be very unlikely to have an effect one us, and our germs likely wouldn't have any effect on them.

        No Rigellian Flu or Space Herpes for you.

        September 14, 2011 at 12:10 pm |
    • SpaceGal

      You mean "neighbourhood."

      September 13, 2011 at 6:05 pm |
      • rickirs

        You're using the UK spelling, try American spelling.

        September 13, 2011 at 7:07 pm |
      • Lilianna

        Why would anybody want to use American english if they know proper english? The word 'neighbourhood' is not just spelled that way in the UK. Just an FYI for you.

        September 13, 2011 at 9:04 pm |
      • Yossarian

        You're not being "proper," you're being pedantic. Knock it off.

        September 13, 2011 at 9:38 pm |
      • Ryan

        Well, considering that you put the period inside the quotation marks, not outside, as the Brits do, why would you use the British spelling? American punctuation, British spelling...methinks you are a bit confused about your grammatical snobbery, Spacegal.

        September 13, 2011 at 11:26 pm |
      • Thomas

        Given that 24% of American teens and young adults think "dog" is spelled with an "a" and a "w" in it, I'll stick with the spelling of the people who came up with the English language in the first place.

        September 13, 2011 at 11:29 pm |
      • AL

        Oh cheerio chaps, make sure you speak the Queens English, because after that we have nothing but warm beer, bad teeth, fish and chips. I must dash now, I am on holiday you know!

        September 13, 2011 at 11:39 pm |
      • Ryan

        How much do you let the way teens behave in America dictate how you live your life, Thomas? Seems like a really dumb move, if you ask me.

        September 14, 2011 at 12:00 am |
      • eville_11

        Writing neighbourhood,but being American is a bad thing? English- American.. blah blah.. did you not understand or did you have to look twice to understand the meaning? Shakespeare misspelled thousands of words in English and yet he is one of the greatest writers of the language. So many illiterates in the world and you bust on somebody for an added U.

        September 14, 2011 at 1:29 am |
      • Deckard

        "You're using the UK spelling, try American spelling."

        UK spelling? Huh?
        That's the way the word has been spelt since it was invented. There's only one country (for whatever reason) that's changed the spelling of it.

        September 14, 2011 at 1:55 am |
      • Dine' Gurl

        Ha iish da' doo ni!! hahaha that's the REAL American writing. "What you all talking about"

        September 14, 2011 at 2:20 am |
      • Mark

        They discovered a new planet and you all are arguing about spelling.... hoo freekin kares...

        September 14, 2011 at 2:34 am |
      • Cartman

        I'm American I do what I want!

        September 14, 2011 at 5:00 am |
      • janelane

        deckard: do you also tell the french and spanish they should go back to their latin roots? why isn't the evolution of the latin language just as wrong to you as the evolution of the english language?

        September 14, 2011 at 5:02 am |
      • govs

        Well, if you look at history of the English language you'll see that it's development did not enjoy a scholastic and academic path of progression.
        For three hundred years it was spoken only by lower classes and was considered the language of the uneducated as oppossed to the French language at the time.
        That is why there are so many French words in English and it is also fairly simplistic in grammar if compared to other languages.
        Unfortunately, a language cannot be changed by a few people. It is usually changed by a mass usage. Thus "dawg" could as well be a correct spelling for today's 'dog' one day.

        September 14, 2011 at 7:45 am |
      • rasko41

        hoo cares?

        September 14, 2011 at 8:39 am |
      • yourspellingisrong

        AMURIKA>england

        September 14, 2011 at 8:46 am |
      • fscottfitzgerald

        After reading comments about this interesting news, I despair for the human race. I'll be leaving you all behind now as I travel to HD 85512 b. The rest of you can su.ck it.

        September 14, 2011 at 9:21 am |
      • basketcase

        @Deckard
        Spelled not spelt 😛
        We could go on forever with this American- vs. English- English stuff.

        September 14, 2011 at 10:17 am |
    • Charile

      first thing that came to mind after reading this article, "this is Pandora!'

      September 13, 2011 at 9:20 pm |
      • Brent

        My first thought was, "gee, do you really think they use the name HD 85512 b on their mailing envelops?"

        September 13, 2011 at 11:29 pm |
    • jerry

      If it weren't so far away and impossible to get to then this would be a great planet to send all Tea Party members and Republicans. Then they could rule without anyone one getting in their way.

      September 13, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
      • Colleen

        best idea I have all day,

        September 13, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
      • John

        That would be a bad idea – there would be no-one left on this planet to work and pay all the bills.

        September 13, 2011 at 11:03 pm |
      • sam

        on the contrary, jerry. i think that BECAUSE it is so far away and impossible to get to, it is, in fact, the perfect place to send them.

        September 13, 2011 at 11:09 pm |
      • Kyle

        it wouldn't be long before they would have to find another planet for to consume, deplete, & F$%^ Up.

        September 13, 2011 at 11:15 pm |
      • bobby

        well there's no way democrats are going . . . Unless we tell them the aliens are handing out free unemployment checks

        September 13, 2011 at 11:34 pm |
      • Nobama

        We'd be smarter to send the Dems there. Maybe then they'd stop spending so much money and the economy could finally start recovering. Jerry – try pulling your bottom lip over your head and swallowing....

        September 14, 2011 at 12:35 am |
      • UhYeaOk

        Sounds to me your just like the people your bashing Jerry. But, I have come to expect comments like yours, your the typical democrat that trys to act as if your open minded yet your as close minded as the people you attempt to insult. Maybe we can send you and yours to mars perhaps. Then you can all hold hands and talk about what a great president Obummer is.

        September 14, 2011 at 1:10 am |
      • David Myers

        What and let them ruin another even bigger and maybe more beautiful planet, like Pandora? Drill baby drill ! Let them suffer the effects of their own abuses on this planet with the rest of us !

        September 14, 2011 at 4:41 am |
      • Mary Danforth

        Lets not send the Tea Party. Let us go and get away from all the politics of this world. I'm packed and ready.

        September 14, 2011 at 7:45 am |
      • Chisel

        Since most Democrats support the unemployed, the people who would rather collect unemployment rather than work...this would be the perfect place for them. At least the Republicans would then be able to balance the budget without having to support the lazy.

        September 14, 2011 at 8:44 am |
      • Bri

        Not all democrats give freebies. If I had it my way, people who didn't contribute wouldn't be getting freebies. (AKA: people who sit on their asses wouldn't get anything.)

        September 14, 2011 at 10:45 am |
      • mcore

        @UhYeaOk – At least the "typical" democrat knows how to spell. Go back to grade school and re-learn everything before you open your ill-informed mouth again.

        September 14, 2011 at 11:34 am |
      • ...

        im gonna go there with the rent is too damn high party

        September 14, 2011 at 12:45 pm |
    • edgarx

      Ignorant, brainless idiot !!

      September 13, 2011 at 10:49 pm |
    • Morry

      I hereby name the planet "New Cleveland"

      September 14, 2011 at 2:23 am |
    • SoundGuy

      Listen to an artist's rendering of the sound of the earth! http://youtu.be/gt5STSN1Yrg

      September 14, 2011 at 2:29 am |
    • bill

      this is awesome.
      i'd just like all the religious people to tell me where was adam and eve on this planet? or is there an adam and eve on every planet for the millions and billions that will one day be discovered.....yes there is no god, no israel here, no jerusalem, no prophet muhammed, no muslim, no religions.

      September 14, 2011 at 3:38 am |
      • dassala

        Nobody likes atheists.

        September 14, 2011 at 8:18 am |
      • Jim

        That's why they're all flipping out. You would too if you dedicated your entire life to a fairytale. Yet every day less people believe. And the facts are in everyone's face. The bible is a story.

        September 14, 2011 at 8:54 am |
    • LordXerxses

      Get a life dude, the aliens have been spying on us all this time. We only looking back, creep.

      September 14, 2011 at 4:27 am |
    • Sean

      Awesome findings.

      September 14, 2011 at 7:28 am |
    • taxpayer

      Don't go there. It's run by republicans lobbyists and corportations.

      September 14, 2011 at 8:10 am |
      • ethernet

        So that means that the planet needs....wait for it.......wait for it......Health Care! Lets all share the wealth, that will fix everytthing.

        September 14, 2011 at 8:21 am |
      • WoI Admin

        Lol. There is no escape.

        September 14, 2011 at 8:35 am |
    • Arcscythe

      Well lets think... the oil companies and corporations control all of the money so they will go first and claim all of the natural resources for themselves. Then the general populace will be shipped there as labor to slave in the worst conditions possible so these companies can cash in. Lightyears from Earths rule, they will do whatever they want regardless of laws. Extra planetary exploration is a bad idea until capitalism is abolished.

      September 14, 2011 at 8:10 am |
      • Sci-Fi is here now

        Sorry dude, capitalism speaks to the greed of the human heart so it will never go away. Prepare for a James Cameron type future of megacorps destroying the universe (Alien/s,Avatar... but hopefully not The Terminator). But hey at least we get cool mechanized vehicles and the patented VTOL aircraft (minus that crawling thing that tries to lay eggs in your lungs).

        September 14, 2011 at 9:22 am |
    • gilbert

      LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      September 14, 2011 at 8:24 am |
    • George

      Don't come a-knockin when our Sun's a-rockin. 😉

      September 14, 2011 at 8:39 am |
    • george

      Just so the editors could look at it and laugh at the idiots.

      September 14, 2011 at 9:09 am |
  93. Vince

    Of course the Europeans discovered it.......we don't invest in science anymore in America.

    September 13, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
    • Peter

      Look at your globe .. Chile is not in Europe

      September 13, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
      • Casey

        Read the article; it says European Southern observatory.

        September 13, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
      • Kurt

        It's funded by European Space Agency, but located in the Southern Hemisphere because you can watch different parts of the sky there.

        September 13, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
      • Fail police

        lol

        September 13, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
      • bleach

        to funny Peter.

        September 13, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
      • Holla

        So many idiots in this word. We're doomed.

        September 13, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
      • AmazingLarry

        Of course is Europe!! Only Brits add a “u” and spell neighborhood as "neighbourhood". Sir, have you no honour or humour!!!??? (btw, I really had to labour to add colour to this response)

        September 13, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
      • Troy

        Vince said it was discovered by Europeans, which is true. Being in Chile when they made the discovery does not make them less European.

        September 13, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
      • Cory McAwesomepants

        Only Brits? Amazing Larry, you should know that Canadians like to make use of the letter 'u' in our colourful remarks as well. The ones that can read and write properly at least.

        September 13, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
      • AmazingLarry

        Sorry Cory...I keep forgetting that Canada is part of Europe. I get confused a lot.

        September 13, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
      • berto

        hahahahhahahaha peter, you really made me laugh with that remark

        September 13, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
      • jason

        Peter Griffin is that you ?!?! I thought you were just a fictional character from Family Guy but seems your real and just as dumb as shown on TV
        lol

        September 13, 2011 at 9:00 pm |
      • Kristen

        Epic Fail

        September 13, 2011 at 11:32 pm |
      • iamthelorax

        Actually, ESO Headquarters are in Munich, Germany. It had an all European membership until Brazil joined just last year. They operate three "unique observing sites" in Chile, but it was all funded and operated only by the Europeans until Brazil signed on.

        September 14, 2011 at 4:47 am |
    • Mouser

      This type of research is being done by both American and European Space agencies. Both agencies have discovered possible "earth" type planets and both will continue to do so. Our work compliments theirs and vice versa. Relax dude.

      September 13, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
      • Meredith

        Even if we find a planet just like earth.. there is no way to get there so this whole research as great and intersting as it is a waste of time.. we will never live anywhere but earth.

        September 13, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
      • Shane

        There's always a chance at a scientific discovery that allows us to bend the rules for deep space travel.

        It is actually theoretically possible. While we won't see it in our lifetimes, this research could actually be useful in the future.

        September 13, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
      • Troy

        @Meredith: While it is true we can't get to these other planets, this is not a waste of time. If we know where in the universe intelligent life is likely to develop, we know where to start listening with our radio telescopes. If we do a targetted scan instead of a random scan of the entire universe, we are much more likely to find radio signals from intelligent beings. Even if we can't get there, we may be able to communicate with them.

        September 13, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
      • madcow11

        Troy, the problem is that even if you hear a transmission from another civilization, that civilization would probably have become extinct by the time you get it, or by the the time they get your response.

        September 13, 2011 at 6:56 pm |
      • heliocracy

        Wha? We could travel to a planet 35 light years away...you use engines that basically blow up nuclear bombs every second, and you fill it with people who will never see their destination. Their grandchildren will actually arrive at the planet, dismantle the ship, and live happily ever after. It could be possible to begin such a journey in only about 100-200 years from now.

        September 13, 2011 at 7:56 pm |
      • James R. Hunt

        Unless they know something we don't. If we get there attention who knows what they maybe able to do to get ours.

        September 13, 2011 at 8:01 pm |
      • 12-21-12

        I'm actually working on a ship that may travel beyond the speed of light! I only get to work on it on the weekends...usually after toking a spliff and sucking down a few suds. Will get back to you, as there are several planets and galaxies I'd like to meditate and vibe on dude!

        September 13, 2011 at 8:22 pm |
      • cja

        To all the people who say "it's not useful unless you can go there" Why? No one can go 10,000 feet under the ocean but yet we can learn about the exotic things that live there. We study space mostly to learn about ourselves. We don't yet know if our planet or our biology is "special" and we won't know until we've seen many other examples.

        September 13, 2011 at 8:26 pm |
      • Daws

        @Madcow It's only 35 years away, that means the relay time would be 70 years. I think advanced civilizations can live a little longer than that 😛

        September 13, 2011 at 9:51 pm |
    • Peter

      Casey ... And I quote from the article: "The discovery comes from High Accuracy Radial Velocity Planet Searcher, or HARPS. HARPS is located at the La Silla Observatory in Chile, and is part of a telescope that's nearly 12 feet long." It was announced by "European Southern Observatory". Therefore my statement is correct and you are not.

      September 13, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
      • Brian

        No Peter, you are not correct. You just doubled down on your ignorance. The ESO financed, built and operates the observatory in Chile. http://www.eso.org/public/

        September 13, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
      • sam

        Yeeeeeah, because THAT'S totally worth arguing over.

        September 13, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
      • JackDakota

        Peter – just be a man, take it on the chin and learn from this. its called growing and understanding. but for pete's sake, depart the battlefield man, you're finished!

        September 13, 2011 at 6:04 pm |
      • linkspast

        It is in Chile. That's where they are at. phucking united statesmen and euro; if it wasn't because china invented the gun powder, the compass, and the printing press, etc, etc, you would not have gotten as far as you have. the "Eurocentric mentality" that still fools so many westerners to boast what they know very little about–REAL HISTORY

        September 13, 2011 at 8:04 pm |
      • You're an idiot

        @linkspast – There earliest forms of PRINTING were FOUND in China, the printing press was invented by Johannes Gutenberg.. Idiot.

        September 14, 2011 at 9:38 am |
    • Chris R

      You didn't read the whole article did you? If you did you'd have seen that NASA's Kepler Mission has found over 1200 possible exoplanets. Just so there is no confusion, NASA is an American agency.

      September 13, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
      • Mark

        This whole American v European thing is silly; its funded by the Europeans and located in Chile, how hard is this to understand?

        September 14, 2011 at 12:37 am |
      • the real thing

        chuck norris invented the gun powder, the compass, and the printing press not china

        September 14, 2011 at 3:06 am |
    • Mark from Canada

      They don't invest in geography either – America is not only the centre of the planet Earth with a big straight line at the top and a state called Alaska hanging off the edge, it is also the centre of the universe. I grew up looking at American maps and always wondered why they blanked Canada out. It is no wonder you get nutty politicians elected like Bush, Palin, Bachman, and the rest of the GOP anti educational crew.

      September 13, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
      • rickirs

        And how many Canadian politicians can Americans name? None. You've been Americanized.

        September 13, 2011 at 7:03 pm |
      • John from Mars

        the reason canada isn't on maps of the us is because its a different country. not because americans are too stupid to know that there are other countries. its because maps of one country usually aren't also maps of other countries. SCIENCE!

        September 13, 2011 at 7:39 pm |
      • AmericaAlwaysWins

        I love how Canadians are always so jealous of America so they have to make false things up in order to feel better about being a few notches lower on the food chain. Hint: Go to the Moon before you speak, Canadians. America wins. Get over it.

        September 13, 2011 at 9:42 pm |
      • jc

        ya you Americans are so smart,should just keep yer yap traps shut

        September 13, 2011 at 11:57 pm |
      • Michael

        "If you don't read the newspapers, you are uninformed. If you do read the newspapers, you are misinformed." -Samuel Clemens, aka: Mark Twain

        September 14, 2011 at 12:05 am |
      • Canadian Man

        Hey what is with all the Canadian haters? Not once did we take a shot at your American obesity issues where the common weight of your population is that of a small pick-up truck. We may not have decent politicians that anyone can remember the name of but we are proud of our country!
        On that note why dont you American's go take a run around the Rockies and get yourselves into shape!

        September 14, 2011 at 12:13 am |
    • Yumi

      The search for intelligent life in the universe will not be found on this planet.

      September 13, 2011 at 7:36 pm |
      • 2smokeshairdoo

        oh yes they will,,,sunnyvale trailer park you know....ricky,julian,and bubbles, EH.

        September 13, 2011 at 11:15 pm |
      • truthortrouble

        YUMI, your comment cracked me up, after scrolling thru most of these replies, I was thinking the same thing

        September 14, 2011 at 8:42 am |
    • Evelyn

      i hope humans never get off this planet so we don't spread the idiocy all over the universe

      September 13, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
      • Gregory

        I like it!

        September 14, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
    • Guest

      Stop the hate

      September 14, 2011 at 3:15 am |
  94. jmxjosh

    "One of these planets in particular could theoretically be home to life if conditions are right." What kind of journalism and science is this? Are you kidding me? Sheesh.

    September 13, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
    • Texas Pete

      Too bad it would take us 10,000 years to get there, so I don't think we will ever find out.

      September 13, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
      • Matthew

        Pete, it took the human race 2 million years to get to the moon – but we did get there. 35 light years is nothing! At 95% of light speed we could get there in 38.5 years – and only 3 years would have elapsed for the travelers! Give the boys and girls at CERN a few more years and we will be bustin out will all kinds of new tech to make us go faster.

        September 13, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
      • Scienceisblackandwhite

        It would with today's technology. We just haven't mastered the ability to manipulate time, space and gravity to our full advantage.

        Much like 20 odd years ago, things like laptops, smart phones, Ipods, etc etc weren't around. Now they are common place. The pace at which technology advances is mind blowing in the grand scheme of Universal time scale. Just think for one second that less that 150 years ago.....150....we were fighting each other here in the US with muskets in a Civil War. Now we have unmanned drones intelligently dropping bombs on the pimple of Al Quada's ass from a location in the US.

        Are you telling me that 100-200-1000 years from now our technology won't be absurdly beyond where we are now? Again, cross country travel by jet was preposterous less than 100 years ago. Now we get ticked when we get bumped from a flight and "have" to choose from the plethora of other flights that same day.

        I think it is beyond close minded to simply say "can't be done". With that attitude, why get out of bed in the morning? It can be done and will be done. Just a matter of time.

        September 13, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
      • Ethernet

        Thats what i keep saying, but oh no, by boss says i have to go to work. Get up indeed.

        September 13, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
      • Brushjumper

        Actually, it is 35 Lights Years, which is the speed of light per second. Light travels at a speed of 186000 miles a second or 700 million miles an hour. That is 214,620,000,000 quadrillion miles, and of course 35 LIGHT years. Gee Wiz, just an overnight flight I believe...

        September 13, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
      • Neeneko

        It is hard to say if it can, or can not, be done.
        In the end, there will be physical limits of what can be done in our universe. It is hard to say how close to them we are, but to say it 'can and will' is as blind as saying 'it can't and won't'.. actually I would say it is more blind since the 'can't and won't' is at least based off what we know so far... while 'it can and will' just comes from hoping that there exists some loophole out there that we just don't know about yet.

        And to be honest, the amount we are discovering is getting smaller and smaller... the huge leaps may very well be in our past. The revisions to our physical knowledge are progressively getting smaller and more nuanced rather then completely overturning understanding.

        September 13, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
      • Schmedley

        I certainly hope we can visit other worlds someday, but the pace of computer technology is somewhat different. The principle behind how we make chips and hard drives is the same as it was 30 years ago. We have just optimized the heck out of the process so that we are getting gate densities and storage capacity that would be unthinkable back then. Even so, the basic fabrication and operating theories of computers haven't changed that much.

        Right now, our basic method of travel through space is the equivalent of a Polynesian outrigger canoe and almost as risky. The amount of energy required to get to a significant fraction of light speed for conventional space travel is astronomical and I think it will be a long time before we can control matter/anti-matter reactions like in Star Trek.

        Even using space-time warp travel would require a huge amount of energy. We have not even worked out a workable basis of traveling vast distances so I think it will be centuries before we figure this problem out.

        September 13, 2011 at 6:54 pm |
      • madcow11

        Texas Pete is correct. We will never get there. What so many people don't seem to realize here is that you simply cannot even approach the speed of light without turning into plasma. We are talking about putting people in space for tens of thousands of years and then expect these people as they go through generation after generation to live in perfect harmony throughout the whole period? And what about radiation? Space is a very unforgiving place. That alone may keep us from going to Mars.

        And sadly, there are certain economic realities: It is such a huge investment to undertake such a thing. Our planet's resources are already at the straining point. Our little petri dish called Earth will simply not withstand the strain of our overpopulation. We have advanced technologically so much, but our social abilities cannot overcome the need to procreate.

        I loved Star Trek as a kid and grew up wishing to become an aerospace engineer. But after much study, I had to come to the grim realization that Star Trek and its ilk were not "science fiction." They were fantasy. Our scientific knowledge is wonderful and is very important to our survival, but we have to recognize that science doesn't just give us the ability to discover what we CAN do, but just as importantly, what we CANNOT do. Without that important concept firmly in one's mind, anything can seem possible, which is simply not true. To the uneducated, that can sound close-minded, but in reality, it is really the foundation of scientific understanding. You must learn to recognize the impossible and separate it from fantasy. And traveling to worlds outside of our Solar System is one of fantasy. I hate to say it, and it was a hard realization for myself when I was young, but it is reality.

        Focus on the big problems here on earth: overpopulation; and what will be our more immediate end: global warming.

        September 13, 2011 at 7:13 pm |
      • jim

        Bull. Quantum mechanics has shown that Einstein was only partially correct, about space time on a cosmic scale. But we now know that particles dont virtually exist, they can exist in multiple times and spaces at the same time, and we determine thier behavior by observing them. And we can instantaeously affect the behavior of particles at the other end of the universe, makiing the light "speed limit" irrelevant. Even teleportation is possilbe and has been accomplished with particles over miniscule distances using quantum effects.
        We know almost NOTHING about the ulitmate structure of space/time and how it can be manipulated, and I have no doulbe that it is not only possible but will be done. Its like Carl Sagan said, if we are all trapoped; on our tiny planetary oases, then the universe is certainly and incredible waste of space.

        September 13, 2011 at 7:42 pm |
      • madcow11

        Sorry to let you down, Jim. I know I am speaking to those who accept interstellar travel like it is a religion. But, reality is not what you think it is. There are certainly strange qualities of nature found in quantum mechanics, but we will be long extinct before we can ever master them to the extent that they will assist us in some sort of interstellar travel. You really miss too many important points I am making. Please, go back to your books and study a little harder.

        September 13, 2011 at 7:48 pm |
      • lol

        You all are a bunch of nerds.

        September 13, 2011 at 8:49 pm |
      • Bryce

        Thats only like 12 days at warp 9! In 200 years will we make it there? Maybe not.. In 600? yes. I think so.

        September 13, 2011 at 9:50 pm |
      • AI

        Humans may never be able to make it outside of the solar system but that does not mean Earthlings can't. Consider that.

        September 13, 2011 at 11:17 pm |
      • Andrew

        Generate photon exhaust at 3 gigawatts per kilogram and you get about 10 newtons per kilogram reaction force thrust for approximately 1 g acceleration. Do that continuously for half the distance to HD 85512 and then flip around and do the same thing to decelerate. You as the traveler reach HD 85512 after experiencing a little over 7 years in transit thanks to time dilation under special relativity theory. Yes, over 38 years pass on Earth so take everyone you care about with you or hope medical technology really improves. Your maximum speed is 0.999 c (your maximum proper speed is 19.7 c.)

        Your maximum Doppler shift factor is just under 40, so the peak cosmic microwave background frequency blue shifts to about 50 micrometers in the far infrared. Due to special relativistic aberration of light - don't forget that - most of the sky is shifted aft so most of the cosmic microwave background is red shifted and dropped to lower energy photons instead of higher energy photons, so the cosmic microwave background doesn't cook you but it doesn't provide a power source either.

        How do you generate 3 gigawatts per kilogram output power? That's an extremely good question. We're far short of that technology today.

        September 14, 2011 at 12:31 am |
      • egel

        I wish all those so called scientists would stop saying the words cant/cannot/impossible/no-way
        Just the fact they use those words proves they arent sientists
        Things may be hard or will take 100's of years to invent
        But they always will

        September 14, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
      • Andrew

        It's time for me to eat a bit of that horrible tasting humble pie. I think I combined my aberration of light/Doppler shift calculations incorrectly. I tried another integrated approach with 4-vector transformations, and I find that most of the sky blue shifts (driven mostly by time dilation) and very little of it red shifts. I must have misinterpreted Landau and Lifshitz. Please accept my apologies for this error.

        September 15, 2011 at 9:34 pm |
    • Astroboy5186

      Anyone who has studied any astronomy would know that it is immensely hard to make exact, detailed descriptions of anything without a longtime study. They have only recently taken a good look at Mars, our neighbor, in detail. It may be a long time before the astronomy community knows much about all the grey areas of all these new planets. It's not like we can send a camera there any time soon. Earth is like a dot on a paper at 3 miles away in the galaxy.

      September 14, 2011 at 1:14 am |
      • glenda

        our scientic study of near space is only really in its infancy in terms of galactic time. no one really knows when our earth will be done. yes our present rate of growth is a problem, but only for the countries that will not be able to feed those in their society without continued dependence on America and Americans for everything while attempting to portray us as the stupidest people on the face of planet earth. i believe we can get it together and save our planet with everyone's cooperation.

        September 14, 2011 at 9:23 am |
  95. Really?

    There is evidence there is life in Uranus.

    September 13, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
    • Ethernet

      In my anus? I can't even see down there.

      September 13, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
    • AmazingLarry

      Professor Hubert Farnsworth: I'm sorry, Fry, but astronomers renamed Uranus in 2620 to end that stupid joke once and for all.
      Fry: Oh. What's it called now?
      Professor Hubert Farnsworth: Urrectum.

      September 13, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
      • GMcG

        Rectum? Damn near killed 'um!

        September 13, 2011 at 8:12 pm |
      • pennswoodsman

        Collider? I just met her

        September 13, 2011 at 10:53 pm |
      • Andre from Austin

        I just saw that episode on NETFLIX!!! hilarious

        September 14, 2011 at 12:34 am |
  96. Bill

    Satan put those there to test our faith.

    September 13, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
    • Uhm, no

      I really hope you are being sarcastic, if you're not, you are an idiot.

      September 13, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
    • Lhammer

      Bill.. Billy.. William.... Come on.... really?

      Are you really going to be "that guy"??

      Man, I hope not. Give the melon a shake there Billy.

      September 13, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
    • Brian

      Billy, you must be joking... there can't be any other sane option since the Christian fundamentalist view on extraterrestrial life is akin to the flat earth theory... let alone the mainstream "scientific" view.

      September 13, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
      • AmericaAlwaysWins

        The bible has extra-terrestrial life in it. The first thing eaten on the moon was Aldrin having Holy Communion (christian ceremony). Wonder if this will infuriate you when it sinks in, or if it will sink in at all. You seem very ignorant so i doubt it will.

        September 13, 2011 at 9:44 pm |
    • Hugo

      How so?

      1. How did Satan get such powers? He's only a fallen angel, not God.
      2. How is the existence of other planets, that might have life, any sort of test? So what if there's life there? How would that even remotely dispute the existence of God?

      September 13, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
      • Earthling

        Extraterrestrial life doesn't dispute the existence of a god, but it casts doubt on the existence of the god of the bible or koran or any other god who makes no mention of it.

        September 13, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
      • klay

        "How would that even remotely dispute the existence of God?"

        Genesis 1:27: So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

        So humans are so divine that god decided to make our species in his image but every other intelligent species in another image? Yet humans are sinful creatures so why would god make man in his image? Why would god want to be confused with fallible human beings? Answer: he wouldn't. It is not likely that other intelligent species would look, sound, smell like humans, nor would any other intelligent species have knowledge of the christian god. Use your mind here. There is intelligent life in this universe other than humans, in fact, most likely in our cosmic backyard we call the milky way.

        September 13, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
      • BeamMeUpScotty

        @Hugo

        Your question #2 is ILLOGICAL, ie. makes no sense

        What is this *thingy* you labelled "God"?

        There are so many definitions of it and none of these definitions make any sense at all.

        So by LOGIC alone, your "God" does not exist.

        September 13, 2011 at 10:09 pm |
      • Canadian Man

        God? REALLY?
        Human kind, like every other aspect in the universe was created the same way! Which was by shit luck! It's foolish to think some "god" created anything. Luck followed by many years of evolution is responsible for everything on our planet and every other one out there. If you believe one being like "god" created the planet and humas, I only have one question for you...
        Does Santa think you have been naughty or nice this year?

        September 14, 2011 at 12:32 am |
    • Hugo

      Maybe this article exists to tests Bill's faith. He's not defending his statement.

      September 13, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
    • tony

      yea and the earth is the center of the universe

      September 13, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
      • Ethernet

        And its not round either, its shaped like a burrito

        September 13, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
      • joeyjojo72

        Heretic! The righteous know the Earth is actually shaped like a football. American of course.

        September 13, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
      • H

        I'm pretty sure America is the center of the universe.....LOL

        September 13, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
      • Bill744

        I read that the Earty really is shaped like a pear. I;m also told that middle aged women get to looking like pears too. So, from outer space, does it look like a middle aged woman? 😉

        September 13, 2011 at 11:07 pm |
    • sumday

      I know you are being a troll, but I'll bite anyway. Where in all the bible does it say 1- earth is the only planet G-d created or has life on, 2- that G-d only created humans and no other inteligent life? Doesn't Jesus say in my father’s house there are many mansions I go there to prepare you a room- who lives in the other rooms? Doesn’t the bible describe different types of angles even Nephilliams who lived on the earth and breed with humans? Doesn’t it mention, in Hebrews I believe, that G-d mad man a little lower than the angles? What I’m pointing out is there is nothing in the bible that contradicts life on other planets or aliens.

      September 13, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
      • Sean

        Fairies and demons ooo my!

        September 13, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
      • Chuck

        Right, because god would leave out information like "there is life on other planets" from his holiest book? The Bible was written BY HUMANS. There is no mention of life on other planets because the people that wrote it had no idea what a planet was. It's one of many, many reasons why to take it as the literal word of god is ridiculous.

        September 13, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
      • Jess

        @Chuck... Isaiah 40:22
        "He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth, and its people are like grasshoppers. He stretches out the heavens like a canopy, and spreads them out like a tent to live in."
        So some scientists thought that the earth was flat for a while.. and yet, THESE HUMANS who lived years before (who were scientifically not advanced, nor had gone to space) somehow knew that the earth was round???

        September 13, 2011 at 11:11 pm |
      • Sean

        @Jess

        Circle… not sphere. Try again.

        September 14, 2011 at 10:52 am |
    • atroy

      Bill exists to test our patience.

      September 13, 2011 at 7:15 pm |
    • lol

      Bill has successfully owned you all. He said a couple words and all of you idiots started comparing apples to oranges to no end..hahahaha you are all bills peons..

      stop reproducing please..you will do the world a big favor

      P.S. im sure some of you will want to argue about this to save face and regain your pride...ill be laughing at you when you do

      September 14, 2011 at 9:48 am |
    • Steve

      LOL!!! Bill just trolled you guys so hard, I'm laughing for reals right now. Noobs. =D

      September 14, 2011 at 12:16 pm |
  97. Mike L.

    The only thing that will ruin these plants if we bring the political people and religions people. leave them on earth!

    September 13, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
    • Jesse

      yes because Mike L. you have done so much for the betterment of humanity with that witty comment of yours

      September 13, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
      • John

        That wasn't a witty statement, it was an intelligent statement of fact. Think before you type.

        September 13, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
  98. "Al" Einstein

    Now if we can just find any signs of intelligent life here on Earth....

    September 13, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
    • Ethernet

      ~looks around~ Nope, sorry dude.

      September 13, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
    • drb

      Don't hold your breath...

      September 13, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
    • Hugo

      Should develop in about 100,000 years.

      September 13, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
      • Jay

        A bit longer than it took to create the I-POD apparently 🙂

        September 13, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  99. DW

    OH good another planet we can move to and destroy! LOL

    September 13, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
    • Christopher

      Don't let the Republicans learn about this or they will trump up some phony reasons to go invade these planets for their oil reserves. Poor aliens.

      September 13, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
      • Bush

        The a-leens hate us fer ar freedom...that's why we gotta git over there and give 'em some freedom!

        September 13, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
      • drb

        oh man...i bet they have weapons of mass destruction...lets go get em!

        September 13, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
      • YBP

        And also to persuade the inhabitants to embrace Christianity, or face torture, and perhaps an atrocious bloody death beyond imagination.

        September 13, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
      • chd20024

        no no you ya'll got it all wrong we gots ta kill them aliens and take their planets cause they all support gay marriage!!!!

        September 13, 2011 at 7:54 pm |
    • yeti37

      don't let the Democrats move in or they'll tax them to death and force them to redistribute their wealth. How dare another planet be richer than us!

      September 13, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
      • Steve

        Great, now we will be supporting more illegal aliens..............

        September 13, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
      • Ethernet

        They need a health care plan. WHo has an extra trillion or two laying around?

        September 13, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
    • roman

      Haha yes, that was excatly what I was thinking. Although some people are conscientious, most are not which is very sad to think how narrow minded people are.

      September 13, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
    • Macie

      I feel like we're preparing to make the movie Wall-E real. So sad.

      September 13, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
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