December 5th, 2011
11:16 AM ET

Planet confirmed that could have water

Kepler-22b is the first confirmed planet in the “habitable zone,” the area around a star where a planet could exist with liquid water on its surface, that has been discovered by NASA’s Kepler mission.

The planet’s radius is about 2.4 times that of the Earth. It is located about 600 light years away. Its orbital period is shorter than that of the Earth: a "year" on Kepler-22b is 290 days instead of 365.

There were two other planets confirmed this year by other projects in the habitable zone, but their stars are much cooler than our Sun, and their orbits are more like that of Venus or Mars, scientists say.

Kepler-22b is 15% closer to its star than we are to the Sun. But since Kepler-22b's star is dimmer, lower in temperature and smaller than our Sun, researchers' modeling suggests it is a similar temperature to the Earth, said Bill Borucki, Kepler principal investigator at NASA's Ames Research Center.

"If the greenhouse warming were similar on this planet and had a surface, its surface temperature would be something like 72 Fahrenheit, a very pleasant temperature here on Earth."

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The warmer a planet, the more evaporation of water there would be, Borucki said. A planet can't have a surface temperature that's very hot without losing all of the surface water.

The Kepler mission reported in February that it had found 54 planet candidates in the habitable zone; Kepler-22b is the first of these to be confirmed, and those results will be published in The Astrophysical Journal. There are still 48 potential planets from that batch.

Researchers find planets by examining the brightness of stars as a function of time; brightness drops when a potential planet crosses the star. Three transits are required for a planet confirmation. The period of the transit of Kepler 22-b was 7.4 hours. It did not appear to give off its own light, indicating it is a planet and not a star.

Scientists do not yet have a measurement of the mass of Kepler 22-b, which would tell them more about the composition of the planet. This summer, when the planet's star will be high in the sky, ground-based telescopes can attempt to get its mass.

The planet is even more mysterious because its radius is between that of Earth and Uranus and Neptune, both of which have radii about four times the size of Earth's. So we don't know what a planet in this size range typically looks like.

"We have no planet like this in our solar system," he said.

Is life restricted to Earth, or could it exist somewhere like Kepler 22-b? It may be that the characteristics of Earth, with its particular position in the solar system, particular magnetic field strength and presence of larger planets like Jupiter make Earth very rare in having life (this is called the "Rare Earth Hypothesis.") But it's also possible that life in the universe is common, and we're only one example.

"As soon as we find an independent example of life somewhere else, we’ll know it’s ubiquitous throughout the universe. We’re all looking for No. 2," said Jill Tarter of the SETI Institute.

The Kepler mission has now identified a total of 2,326 planet candidates.

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  1. wayoutthere

    The aliens invented science..Doesn't anyone watch Ancient Aliens???

    December 5, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
  2. Raj

    Why are religious fanatics reading this article and commenting? Science thinks they found a planet that may have water and therefore may be able to support our kind of life form. If you can't handle that fact, then don't read and don't comment........I think it is somewhat exciting and intriguing finding and need to explore more. This is not a religion vs science fight. keep your religious opinions to yourself.

    December 5, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
    • queenbee10

      Then again, we have to wonder if this particular think tank or scientist group was up for grant review and thought to trot out something to justify their expenditures, lest their budgets be cut and they be out of a job....LOL

      December 5, 2011 at 11:33 pm |
  3. emdub

    what page of the bible is this on?

    December 5, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
  4. XO

    @Jackda Science does change facts around to suite its purposes. As long as man is involved in the process, we bring all of our emotions, proclivities and idiosyncrasies into the mix.

    Scientist thought killer whales did not live beyond 60 years. They date the age of these whales using their teeth. They found a 90 year old killer whale, but its tooth indicated it was only 60. Apparently, the teeth cease going through composition changes at 60. Hence the flaws of Science. It's unavoidable. Science is the best we can do. It's mans best guess.

    Scriptures have not changed. Research Dead Sea Scrolls for instance.

    December 5, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
  5. EdR

    We need to learn how to terraform planets so we start hopscotching around the galaxy.

    December 5, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
  6. goodegyptian

    If you heat a small gram of helium at 10 million fahrenheit degree at the football stadium, then it will tear Earth apart.

    December 5, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
    • palintwit

      Scientists at Sarah Palin University ( Floyd County, Arkansas campus ) like to use a ' large ' gram when conducting that experiment.

      December 5, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
  7. HollyRae

    "If the greenhouse warming were similar on this planet and had a surface..."
    _____________________

    Just as I thought, a 'global warming' reminder for gullible liberals is included.

    December 5, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
    • palintwit

      Get back in your trailer now. Shoosh...

      December 5, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
    • Grace Of The Witch

      You may want to look up the "dictionary" meaning of two words.
      Liberal, and conservative.
      You may learn something.

      December 5, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  8. rcpr

    I guess the artist rendering is worth a couple zillion $$$$$. If they want to impress me, build a telescope that will show me the lunar rover on the moon.

    I think we are stuck here for the forseeable future and the money needs to be allocated as such...

    we will never reach that planet – even if it does exist...

    nap time...

    December 5, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
    • Ground Zero

      They dont want you to find out,
      the dark side of the moon has a spaceport.

      December 5, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  9. palintwit

    Astronomers at the Sarah Palin Galactic Observatory / Bait Shop have named this new planet " Wasilla ". Its inhabitants will be called " Wasillians ".

    December 5, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
  10. Kuss Kuss Hota Hai

    This is another pooska breakthrough. Its really NASA and science programs alike who wants to be funded. They claim these "cool" "discoveries" – however have no credence of proof. Yes, its theoretical but I'm sure folks are sick of these theoretical antics. Yes these are antics. And the wise will not accept "this is one step closer to blah blah blah."

    At the end science is left at a stalemate. We have to be aware science is trying to create jobs, esp. NASA with these "theories." Folks don't be fooled, there is no way in auditing these theories because these are just that – "theories."

    Its fine to imagine but with water, life, possibility of life being talked about for over 100 years with no real claim its quite unimpressive to keep funding this so call mission. I find it exceedingly difficult to be persuade otherwise.

    December 5, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
    • Albert

      There is definitely some truth to your words. However, we cannot eliminate science in its entirety.

      Overall I do agree with your notion and its a spirited one! 🙂

      December 5, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
  11. rcpr

    I guess they are required to make up something ____ a week to justify our tax dollars looking ___ something that _____.

    I wish I may, I wish I might, wish upon a star tonight... seems to work for NASA. I might as well try it...

    😉

    December 5, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
  12. thes33k3r

    Science!

    December 5, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
  13. MightyMoo

    I'd go there just to get away from all the crazy people on Earth.

    December 5, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
  14. XO

    Isaiah 45:18 For this is what the LORD says–he who created the heavens, he is God; he who fashioned and made the earth, he founded it; he did not create it to be empty, but formed it to be inhabited–he says: "I am the LORD, and there is no other.

    December 5, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
    • The Jackdaw

      Exodus 20:3 You shall worship no other gods before me.

      So there are other gods, just none better than THE God! Right? More inconsistent garbage. At least science is willing to change in the presence of new evidence. I do not see polotics or religion do that. EVER.

      December 5, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
      • Fred

        You don't read history much, do you? The Celts, Greeks, Norse, Romans? They have all changed in light of the truth, that there is only one true God worth worshiping. It's science and its blind followers that remain ignorant and unwilling to change, even when they are standing in the full light of the truth.

        December 5, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
      • XO

        Jackdaw: You do no know the Scriptures well enough to critique them. Satan is considered the God of this world, cf. The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

        Scripture also explains that Satan and his fallen angles personify many gods that people worship e.g., 1 Samuel 28.

        You've not read the entire book. You're cherry picking Scriptures out of context.

        December 5, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
      • The Jackdaw

        Actually, I am quite well versed in both religion and history. If you want to cite the evolution of Christianity as evidence to the contrary, you are only pointing out its inconsistencies and obvious irrelevance. The entire thing is a jumble of more ancient religions, from the Cult of Isis to the Cult of Mithras, right through to the incorporation of the Norse religion with the wedding ring. The form religion takes changes, yes, but the closed mindedness of its followers does not.

        With regards to your statement that science is closed minded, remember, science does not have a mind. Science is simply a tool and it is used to learn about the universe around us. It is no more perfect than the men who wield it. But trying to move forward, at any rate possible, is better than burying your head in the sand, waiting for a deity that will never come.

        We could argue all day about the nuances of science vs. religion, so I won’t bother. Just think about a few things:

        Carl Sagan: Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality.

        Albert Einstein: The religion of the future will be a cosmic religion. It will transcend the personal God and avoid dogma and theology.

        December 5, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
      • XO

        @Jackdaw: Forgot to at the verse I quoated from '2 Corinthians 4:4'.

        Also, why would God (from eternity) change truth (in time)? Truth does not change. While your Scientific facts may double and change, truth is bound in eternity. Scriptures are inerrant, and one should expect them to be if they come from a god. Wisdom and truth (according to Scripture) were set before the foundation of this Universe.

        December 5, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
      • XO

        Then your gods are the prophets of Science. The Universities are the synagogues of the Science cult. Its prophets are the professors. They are prepossessing. And they are frequently wrong in their predictions, make adjustments and then alter their statements. What's the difference? One Scientist claimed that Christianity would be defunct several hundred years ago. He's gone, and Christianity still remains.

        December 5, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
      • Fred

        Actually its religion that does not have a mind. It's just the truth, plain and simple. Science is the wishy-washy, inconsistent system that flip-flops constantly in order to fit in. Science is the art of changing the "facts" in order to "prove" what it wants to.

        December 5, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
      • XO

        @Jackdaw

        Your Exodus 20:3 reference is wrong. If you jnew Scripture, you would know that Satan is considered a god of this age. He personified a lot of the 'false' gods Exodus 20:3 references (e.g.: Isiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel).

        The other religions you claim make up the Bible are plagiarisms off what really occurred in Earth's history. They took eye-witness accounts, passed them down along the ages and distorted them. This is evident in the common themes you find in all of them and in Scripture. Look at it from the opposite angle (cup-half-full), finding a flood account in many of these religions confirms to me that the Scriptural account has validity

        December 5, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
      • The Jackdaw

        Science does not change facts, it attempts to discover them. Religion is wishy-washy, if anything is. If you think it’s so steadfast, you should consider Vatican II, and the fact that you all received new hymnals a week ago Sunday. You should consider all the prophecies made in the bible that never came true. You should consider the bible itself, and its myriad inconsistent messages. You should consider the way the book itself evolves from cover to cover. You should consider the gospels that were excluded from cannon, you should investigate other religions, and find the consistencies between them, and wonder to yourself if this is coincidence or if they had an effect on each other while they developed. Either once you decide is accurate, you must then wonder why. Attacking science is foolish. If your faith is that shaky, you have more to worry about than how far a telescope can see.

        December 5, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
      • XO

        @Fred Well put.

        And Scripture does not ask one to put their brain aside. There's a lot of wisdom that speaks to many of the problems this world is facing today. God is trying man's heart. He mixes in a miracle or two along side the right thing to do. This stumbles those who think their wise. He separates two camps of people. 1 Corinthians 1:18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

        God speaks to us in our mother's womb (When did Science confirm that this was possible? Some mothers now play classical music to their fetuses.) Psalms 51:5 Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me. 6 Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb; you taught me wisdom in that secret place.

        December 5, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
      • Fred

        On the contrary, science is where they find something new they want to discover or prove but cant under their current system. So they re-write their facts so they can have a new "discovery". Attacking religion is foolish. If your faith in science is that shaky, you have a lot more to worry about than what other religions have to do with the bible.

        December 5, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
      • XO

        XO
        @Jackda Science does change facts around to suite its purposes. As long as man is involved in the process, we bring all of our emotions, proclivities and idiosyncrasies into the mix.

        Scientist thought killer whales did not live beyond 60 years. They date the age of these whales using their teeth. They found a 90 year old killer whale, but its tooth indicated it was only 60. Apparently, the teeth cease going through composition changes at 60. Hence the flaws of Science. It's unavoidable. Science is the best we can do. It's mans best guess.

        Scripture has not changed. Research Dead Sea Scrolls for instance.

        December 5, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
    • Ground Zero

      Pappa Smurf says, BE SMURFY.

      December 5, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  15. Just an Observation

    We can all agree that there's much we don't understand about the universe. The same goes for all organic life forms, especially human. No one has ever seen God at any time. No one can say 'this is how he looks' or 'his voice sounds like...' Yet, for those of us that believe he exists can say we experience His effect on our existence; that His power is clearly seen and felt by observing the things we believe He made. Doesn't science also ask us to do the same? It asks us to take an airplane into the air because there's "laws of physics" that govern flight. Yet, no one's ever seen these laws. Yet, we experience them every day. There was a time when man scoffed at the idea of flying like a bird. Many did not believe it was possible. It took FAITH to try again and again to fly. Now, we take flights everywhere, many without knowing how it works. They just TRUST that it does. God's existence is proven by the things which are made. His intelligence is clearly present in the complexity of the human body. Everything that exists started as a thought, image or word in the mind of a person. The very chair you are currently sitting on had a designer. Yet those who don't believe in God want others who do believe in God to BELIEVE that all of the complexities of this universe came to be by happenstance. The "natural selection" theory is comical at best. If one takes all of the building properties of the human person and puts them all together in one place, do you suppose (given enough time) that it'll become a person? Not all. Cloning requires very specific and detailed steps to succeed. Science only DISCOVERS (UN-Covers) what is already there. It does not create anything. I thank God for science. But unfortunately it's become a religion too. Its top scientists are like the high priest. And you people are their sheep. Wherever they go, you go. Whatever they say, you say. How many of you have actually observed the planet in this article? You believe and accept many of the things they say without ever having personally experiencing them. They say it’s 93 million miles to the sun. How do we actually know this? We accept it because they are the experts. We all believe many things without having actually tested them. Does that make you foolish? No. It’s the testimony, observation and record of mankind that we all rely on to know most things. How is it that the thousands of persons recorded in the bible are deemed unreliable, untruthful? Many of them had life changing encounters with God. How can one explain that away? How is it different from a flood of water changing the landscape of a valley? God’s force/presence changed Moses, Abraham, David, Peter, Paul, etc. Their lives were never the same again; much like the way a valley is never the same after a large volume of water passes through it. It’s undeniable. Science doesn’t oppose God. It confirms Him. Man opposes God because he does not want to account God about himself. Yet, the very earth we live on is holding us accountable for what we’ve done with it: Global warming, climate change, tsunamis, etc. It is a sad existence to suppose there’s nothing after this life; that we don’t have a soul. smh.

    December 5, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
    • XO

      Amen!

      December 5, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
    • nappyrzrbk

      Actually expect someone to read that novel?

      December 5, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
      • XO

        Actually (to your point) Scripture is clear that not many will: e.g., Matthew 13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

        December 5, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
    • OurCreator

      Very, Very, very well said. I commented a few post back about that very thing. That the more science unveils, is the more of Gods unchanging hand, that is seen in the universe. I love it when our scientist discover these new places in outer space. As, it just confirms our belief that we serve a wonderful and loving God, who has a great thing for us in store, when we get to meet Him, again, face to face.

      And you are right. Science has become a false god too the human race, and the Lucifer is once again fooling the very elect. But prophecy states that their eyes will be open, so we'll just have to wait and see.

      December 5, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
      • XO

        Yep... Science is the religion, the university's its synagogues and the professors its prophets.

        December 5, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
    • Ground Zero

      Back then, Man didnt understand nature.
      Man creates god to explain nature.
      Man uses god to control man.
      Time to evolve or face extinction.

      December 5, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
    • queenbee10

      How do YOU personally know what any human being has ever seen? Because they did not tell you or show you a picture? YOu can say YOU have never seen God–but YOU can only speak for yourself.

      December 5, 2011 at 11:38 pm |
    • queenbee10

      Two points: smh– very well said and to nappy, is there a greater oxymoron than a pseudo follower of science with ADD? LOL

      December 5, 2011 at 11:41 pm |
  16. ScienceSoma

    Marklar?

    December 5, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
    • nappyrzrbk

      I just figured out how to make this trip possible. You construct a Marklar using Marklar while of course keeping in mind the equation Marklar^2 x Marklar + 6.23334545 Marklars. It's so simple!

      December 5, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
      • Ground Zero

        Try Unobtanium.

        December 5, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
    • Quid Malmborg

      Marklar.

      December 5, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  17. Quid Malmborg

    If this planet is a rocky, terrestrial type like Earth w/ a comparable density of 5,500 kg/m^3, then with a diameter (i.e. "size") of 2.4 time that of Earth, simple math indicates that it's mass would be 14 Earth masses and have a gravity 3.6 times that of Earth. Maybe not a problem for organic live as we know it (especially marine life since it benefits from buoyancy) but not habitable by human standards. So even if we did have the technology to travel there I would suggest that anyone pack their bags just yet!

    600 light years- that's a long hitch-hike...

    December 5, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
    • Quid Malmborg

      errr... "would NOT suggest" is what I meant to say. I think far faster than I type...

      December 5, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
    • rcpr

      Not true! The enterprise or even a klingon ship could make short work of that trip...

      peace out!

      December 5, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
      • Quid Malmborg

        Not to mention Doctor Who.

        Live long and pon farr!

        December 5, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
  18. nappyrzrbk

    "Probably" not possible with today's technology?? That's almost laughable. Our short and long-range propulsion systems are useless when it comes to this type of distance. No pun intended, but we're light-years away from even think of a way of moving matter that quickly, much less create a craft that can propel a human at the speeds necessary to make this possible. Even if we WERE able to somehow propel a human at the speed of light for one second (which would require an infinite amount of energy), that would be almost useless! We're talking about needing to travel at the speed of light constantly for 600 years. Technology can only take us so far...

    December 5, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
    • Quid Malmborg

      That's a long hitch-hike, passing Vogon constructor fleet or no. ;-]

      December 5, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
    • nappyrzrbk

      thinking**

      December 5, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
    • Quid Malmborg

      Even at near-light speed the effects of time dilation work in our favor only so far. We would still need some form of suspended animation. IIRC, traveling at, say, ~0.9c would reduce the apparent travel time to Alpha Centauri to ~1.5 yrs, when the actual distance is 4.3 ly. That's still a long time spend cooped up in a confined space for an extended period. Something like warp drive is needed to reduce those apparent travel times down to a humanly bearable scale. And that's all science FICTION at this point. :-\

      Still nice to dream though. Because as Warren Zevon once sang, "except in dreams you're never really free."

      December 5, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
      • queenbee10

        not free in dreams either–in dreams we are slaves to our subconscious–maybe you meant "free" in our daydreams?

        December 5, 2011 at 11:43 pm |
      • Quid Malmborg

        You're not a Zevon fan are you? Sucks to be you.

        Besides, I dream lucidly.

        December 6, 2011 at 10:06 am |
  19. Guy d'Truc

    A confirmed maybe. Here's your pat on the back science, now get back to work.

    December 5, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
  20. Grumpster

    So if we find a planet that fits every model known to support our type of life, what do we do? We can't get there anyway and we can't call them up on the phone to say "hi" or anything. Of course, once we do find it, the psycos will come out to say they're in mental telepathy with the beings on that planet. The other religious psychos will also come out to denounce everything and say it's all a farce and no older than 6000 years anyway. What's the point?

    December 5, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
  21. GEEKish

    Have you ever been in a rush to go somewhere, but you have just enough time left before you ABSOLUTELY have to go so that you can watch the last few minutes of a show you've been following for a half hour - and then all of a sudden a commercial comes on announcing the 2nd part of an intense cliff hanger to your FAVORITE show that you've been waiting FOREVER to see? But you can't watch it, because you HAVE to go.

    Well yeah. Im only 20 and it sucks to realize that this place is so far away that if there is any life on the planet we wont be able to communicate, view, or come into any contact with it until long after I'm dead.

    SUCKS.

    December 5, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
    • Spock

      Simply need to invent subspace communications.....

      December 5, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
  22. Brennan

    if there is life on it we should send a robot or something to check it out.

    December 5, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
  23. Brennan

    that is unreal.

    December 5, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
  24. Spock

    Shouldn't this article be in the "Travel" section of CNN?

    December 5, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
  25. Scott

    Brace yourselves, Keplerians: The ark ships from Disney, Inc. are on their way to convert your entire world into a water theme park.

    December 5, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
  26. Cubikrubik

    If any life forms will be discovered – the tax forms will be sent shortly after!

    December 5, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
    • God does not take sides

      I hope they dont have oil.
      Republicans will start a war.

      December 5, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  27. horsesmouth

    Question: We have telescopes that can see 600 light years away to a planet we think may have water on it. Why can't that telescope go a relatively few extra miles and actually look at the surface of the planet?!!? Is this a problem with the depth perception of the telescope itself? Something else? Just seems odd that we can see so far, but can't actually get images of the surface! Help! Anyone! This question has plagued me for so long!

    December 5, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
    • Scott

      They are not imaging the planet directly, just the loss of light as the planet passes in front of its star on its yearly orbit. From this they can infer its mass and distance from its star, and therefore its temperature. There are no telescopes that can image a planet at that distance, yet.

      December 5, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
      • horsesmouth

        Well...shows how much I know!!! Thanks for all the insight guys and gals. But one other thing....I understand now how they calculate the size and stuff...but what about the color?!?!??!?!

        December 5, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
    • The Shadow

      Our telescopes are seeing the effect of the planet, not the planet itself. They see the parent star dimming a bit as the planet transits, the light form the planet is too dim to see directly with our current technology.

      December 5, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
    • Henry

      It's problem of resolution. I might hold up a newspaper 50 yards away from you and your telescope (your eyes) might identify it as a newspaper, but you won't be about to resolve (see, read) the headlines.

      December 5, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
    • Fred

      Its just wizardry. They don't want to claim they can see the planet because then they would have to provide photos of their faked claim. Instead they say they found out using math and making calculations. Much easier to fake and brainwash the masses.

      December 5, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  28. Hashim

    Read the novel - king of Bat'ha - and you will believe in God.

    December 5, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
    • The Jackdaw

      I'm sure I will believe the author beleives in God, but thats about all.

      December 5, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
    • Grog Says

      Read a cookbook.
      You will get something out of it.

      December 5, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  29. Henry

    It's time to make the distinction between rare and ordinary. Earth-like planets (ones that you and I could show up on without immediately dying) will be found to be exceedingly rare; this is a matter of percentages. What will it be? One in a hundred thousand, one in a million, longer odds than that? On the other hand, earth-like planets will be abundant through the shear force of the number of solar systems. There are quadrillions of them in the universe. Good luck with trying to get to any of them anytime soon.

    December 5, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
    • Grace Of The Witch

      We dont have to get to them.
      They are here visiting us.

      December 5, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
  30. Steven

    Flying Spaghetti Monster did it.

    December 5, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
  31. Doug

    I'm calling Virgin now and seeing how return to Keplar 22B. (With my frequent flyer miles of course)

    December 5, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
  32. nytw

    Why are we wasting on this kind of nonsense? When will big government liberals and conservatives understand that we do NOT have the money to spend on this nonsense.

    December 5, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
    • Scott

      No exploration –> no discover –> no innovation –> no economy.

      December 5, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
  33. curt

    typo
    Kepler-22b is 15% closer to its star and we are to the Sun.
    As we are to the sun?
    Then we are to the sun?

    December 5, 2011 at 2:02 pm |
    • curt

      That's pretty creepy if we age faster i wan't to live on a planet where we age slower. lol

      December 5, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
      • Scott

        Slower aging unlikely on a planet with probably much higher gravity than earth!

        December 5, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
      • OurCreator

        If just taking the number of days it takes for a year to elapse. Our aging process would still stay the same, the average age at which a human dies, would be the only change.

        How long a human life last, has nothing to do with what planet your on. Until Christ comes again. 120 years(give or take a few months) is the max any human can live, as He has decreed it from after the flood. What He says holds true, as God does and cannot lie.

        December 5, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
  34. goodegyptian

    Earth is 9 billion years old now.... 8 billion years from now, Earth WILL be completely DESTROYED!

    December 5, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
    • Fred

      Wrong! The earth is 10,000 years old. Why don't you put down the fiction and pick up the Bible?

      December 5, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
      • goodegyptian

        Quran states that Earth is 9 billion years old and it proves everything how the universe works!

        December 5, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
      • RillyKewl

        Isn't it 14.3 billion? Or 13.7?
        I guess I should just google it. Or ask Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson. I love that guy.

        December 5, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
      • RillyKewl

        Nevermind. I just looked it up. The answer is between 4.5 to 4.6 billion years old.

        December 5, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
      • I'm The Best!

        13.7 bil. is about the age of the universe.

        December 5, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
      • Fred

        10,000 years. Why do you insist on believing this made up, self-serving garbage. It's hard to believe that you people will believe anything just because someone makes something up and puts it on the internet or in a book. If someone wrote an article that Star Wars was real you people would be all over it like it was science.

        December 5, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
      • I'm The Best!

        @ Fred,
        "It's hard to believe that you people will believe anything just because someone makes something up and puts it on the internet or in a book."

        I'm guessing you don't see the irony in this statement, but just so you know, it was really funny to read.

        December 5, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
    • Grog Says

      You better start picking out that plot now.

      December 5, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  35. NODAT1

    opk so when will we start exporting garbage and cheep good made from China??????

    December 5, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
    • Scott

      Or big gas-guzzling cars from the good 'ol USofA?????

      December 5, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  36. dale

    I just don't understand why the question is even being asked, hydrogen, oxygen, helium there the most abundant elements in our galaxy, of course there are planets with lots of water on them.

    December 5, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
    • goodegyptian

      hellium makes a star

      December 5, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
  37. Memerizer

    I don't want COULD's, I want definitive verification and evidence.

    Let us know when you have that, in the meantime, I don't care, and I want it as a CNN homepage "BREAKING NEWS" banner as well with full real-photographs and none of these fantastical, imagined, illustrated, made-up planet paintings.

    Thank you.

    December 5, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
  38. Fred

    This is so bogus. The earth and everything is only 10,000 years old. There are no earth planets off in the distance, we are alone. It's just us and God. Repent your sins and this silly behavior before its too late!

    December 5, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
    • ReligionIs4Dolts

      Right. And dinosaurs coexisted with humans....as little as only 4000 years ago....even though the fossil record proves otherwise....it was just Satan who planted all those dinosaur fossils in the ground to trip us up and destroy our faith... HA HA!

      December 5, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
      • Fred

        Give me a break. Fossils are faked, everyone knows that. I bet you thing WWF is real too!

        December 5, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
      • ReligionIs4Dolts

        Is this Fred Phelps from Westboro Baptist?!

        December 5, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
      • Fred

        Dream on. He's as crazy as you people are.

        December 5, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
    • OurCreator

      We are not alone, and its not just us and God. God has a whole Universal Government that we are just not a part of yet. God has created many things you will never get to experience, if you don't understand, know and believe what He has done for us all, too one day, experience the very things He has created in this vast universe.

      The NASA peeps, just posted a new planet that I'm pretty sure have beings of Gods own making, and yet you confuse yourself with the very words you just posted.

      December 5, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
      • Grog Says

        God and government.
        BAD IDEA !!

        December 5, 2011 at 6:02 pm |
  39. MANONTHEMOON

    If there were life on other planets that would mean there is no God? What sense does that make?

    December 5, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
    • ReligionIs4Dolts

      You won't win that argument with a religious freak. They'll just say that Jeezus, Moohamed or whatever was made to fulfill a covenant with man on THIS planet alone....and blah blah puke!

      December 5, 2011 at 2:02 pm |
      • Scott

        There fore we must conquer all other civilizations in the universe in the name of Jesus?

        December 5, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
      • Grog Says

        Naw, they will just quote something from the Bible as proof.
        If its in the bible, it MUST be true.

        December 5, 2011 at 6:04 pm |
  40. Sybaris

    [sarcasm] I guess it's a planet of unsaved souls since John 3:16 clearly states that the Christian god could only create one to be sacrificed on this planet. [/sarcasm]

    December 5, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
  41. txkboy

    A bit of reverse magneto propulsion rocket system, and we could colonize an entire other planet...WOW.

    December 5, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
    • palintwit

      Scientists at Sarah Palin University ( Floyd County, Arkansas campus ) are working on that propulsion system right now. In fact, they just ordered another truck load of rubber bands.

      December 5, 2011 at 2:02 pm |
  42. RillyKewl

    A habitable planet is such exciting news, one with at least the potential to have water + 72° degree weather. Why do all you crazy people have to screw it up with bloviating religious nonsensical banter? Put your god theories away for a while + stop to marvel at reality!

    December 5, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
    • ReligionIs4Dolts

      The point is that the first thing religious idiots will want to do with such a thing as a newly discovered, habitable planet is to go and ruin it by trying to convert (FORCE) any humanoid/intelligent life forms to believe in their god(s).

      December 5, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
      • RillyKewl

        Ugh! Can you imagine some kind of religious zealotry nut trying to convert another planet's inhabitants? That's some kind of mission! Ha! Sounds like we've got the makings of an interesting screenplay forming here.

        December 5, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
      • queenbee10

        Imagine this instead–an American contingent, invading and bombing after the present inhabitants refuse to trade with us and act uninterested in the ink pens, beads and McDonalds and coca cola products we offered in return for them to join us in PAFTA (Planetary-American Free Trade Agreement) see for war, no god is needed!

        December 5, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
      • RillyKewl

        How could any alien refuse a delicious McDonalds burger + a coke? Thats just crazy talk.
        But you're right. I'm sure the pentagon can't wait to bomb them. Thats the way we make friends everywhere.

        December 5, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
    • Fred

      This news is what is nonsense. We are alone with God. Why don't you put away this nonsense make-believe and find the truth in God!

      December 5, 2011 at 2:02 pm |
      • RillyKewl

        @Fred You're just fuc |king with me, right? Irony is cool...
        just checking.

        December 5, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
      • Grog Says

        Fred, stop eating your boogers.
        Discusting habit.

        December 5, 2011 at 6:08 pm |
  43. Patrick Darwin

    I bet everybody reading this article is one of three.. 1. a virgin 2. lives with parents 3. owns elder scrolls... science nerds... the kids that are way less intelligent then they believe they are.

    December 5, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
    • The Jackdaw

      And you can be our king! All hail King Patrick! Now, please go and touch yourself while you watch footbal.

      December 5, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
      • Patrick Darwin

        LOL look at all your nerds getting so defensive. I like the DUH guy trying to make sense of a blind insult lmao! this is what I mean by... your a dolt! and to jack... I dont have to touch myself. I just go spike my football into your moms endzone.

        December 5, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
      • The Jackdaw

        My mom fists guys like you with a boxing glove.

        December 5, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
      • DUH

        Darwin, your poor grammar speaks VOLUMES about your lack of intelligence. Just sayin'

        December 5, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
    • DUH

      And you are way less intelligent THEN you think you are since you don't know the difference between a conditional statement and a comparison.

      December 5, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
      • Patrick Darwin

        oh btw DUH – big difference between book smart and street smart. So I screwed up a word give me an F in english LOL. Im an engineer not a english teacher. I'm just not a nerdy engineer. Got anymore comments to grade dork or are you busy rearranging your star wars collector set

        December 5, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
    • I'm The Best!

      slept with women, have my own place, and don't really play video games. But nice try, I do on the other hand know a good amount about astrophysics and more quantum mechanics than the average person. I also very much enjoy this kind of news as opposed to hearing the latest gossip about the celebrity that did that thing.

      So you can go back to your trailor with one of your three girlfriends, all of which are probably cheating on you, and watch some more TV while feeling proud of your lower 70's IQ because it's higher than any grade you ever got in a science or math class.

      Please, next time, leave the thinking to people with IQ's above at least 90, preferable above 120.

      December 5, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
    • Grog Says

      Happy birthday Patrick,
      just turned six today, right ?

      December 5, 2011 at 6:10 pm |
  44. AtheismoMachismo

    queenbee10, ridiculing silly beliefs is not a problem with me. People who claim Jesus was God or that Mohammad was a prophet believe in nonsense. Nonsense that can be shown to be nonsense. Many gods out there can be disproved based on the proposed definitions or "evidence". The only god most atheists cannot disprove is the deistic god, of whom we wouldn't have any idea what it is. But once again, one should withhold a belief in something until the evidence shows that the belief would be correct.

    December 5, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
    • Patrick Darwin

      I love reading all these comments about religion and god. The problem is the people knocking it have never read the book or tried to understand it. Most of the questions that you ask are answered within the book. And I know you people have the "I need to see it to believe it" mentality but thats your problem. Faith is a strong word... faith is to believe no matter what. God is not going to part the clouds and say "hey i am real believe in me!" just so you can believe in him because we live a a life of tests. If you fail the 1st test thats on you lol. I know a lot of ppl that have benefited from going to church and having a relationship with god. I dont care what you believe.. but the hard proof will never be there.. its not suppose to be 😉

      December 5, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
      • The Jackdaw

        Does God want you to "spike your football into my mother's endzone"? Was that in Leviticus? Your God must be proud.

        December 5, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
      • AtheismoMachismo

        "Most of the questions that you ask are answered within the book. " – yeah like for example explanations on how to treat your slave... right? lol.. please kiddo... And I know you people have the "I need to see it to believe it" mentality but thats your problem. Faith is a strong word... faith is to believe no matter what. " – faith is useless, that's the problem, if we went by faith in our daily lives as you propose people would be jumping out of building believing that maybe they can actually fly!!! "God is not going to part the clouds and say "hey i am real believe in me!" just so you can believe in him because we live a a life of tests." – What evil creator would design an idiotic test where majority of it's creation get's to heaven before they are actually able to start the test? Unless you presume babies and little children don't go to heaven....

        December 5, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
      • queenbee10

        atheismo–THIS lack of faith from a guy who is discussing a planet so far away that no one has seen it, and atttributes to its composition when no one or thing can go there to analyze or measure it,....and whose distance from us guarantees we do not even know if the planet still exists, let alone water–we have only this "press release" and atheismo takes it on faith that the scientists saw what they say they saw and that they can deduce what elements are on the planet or at least two of our elements, without ever going there or measuring them.

        if that is not a sort of "faith" (the belief in non seen/no provable things or events) then nothing is. LOL You Really ought to examine your own words, atheismo.

        December 5, 2011 at 11:54 pm |
    • Grace Of The Witch

      The whole "Jesus" thing.....

      Mesiah/prophet
      born to virgin mother
      crucified on cross....

      can be traced back in history to at least 4 other religions
      with the same story.

      The real Jesus Christ was the son of Julius Ceasar and Cleopatra.
      It would take too long to explain here, but
      "Cesar" (son of Ceasar) was the hier to both the Roman throne
      and the Egyptian throne.
      When Rome defeated Egypt, Cesar escaped to India
      and practiced Budism (the teachings of jesus came from Budist monks)

      13 years later, Cesar returns as "Jesus" (the word Jesus christ means son of Isis,
      Cleopatra was the reincarnation of the virgin goddess Isis)
      Ceasar had been declared by the Roman senate to be "god"
      so cesar was the son of god.

      So the son of a virgin mother, and the son of god
      returns to reclaim his throne,
      but the Romans (and the Jewish priest know)
      and he is arrested for (pick your choice)
      Blasfemy, sadition, threat to the state...
      The crucifiction was staged, and he lived.

      I know people are going to scream tin foil hat, new world order
      conspiracy nut, i dont care.

      Cesar disapears from history.
      The story about Jesus early life is made up.
      Historical time frame is correct.
      Names of people who vanish with cesar
      re-appear with Jesus, and it took me months
      all match.

      The church went to great lenths to hide who Jesus realy was.
      So you can kneel in the pew, and fill the money dish.

      I am 1000% convinced about the fraud by the catholic church.

      Jesus was real, but he wasnt jesus.
      I spent months doing research, following dates, names, and historical records
      and everything matches perfectly.
      The council of Nicea, and Constantine handed the the Catholic Church
      everything they needed to manipulate Christianity.
      Sad that so many people by "Blind Faith" kiss the popes ring.

      December 5, 2011 at 6:48 pm |
  45. palintwit

    Astronomers at the Sarah Palin Galactic Observatory / Bait Shop have been aware of this planet for some time now. They theorize that it was once inhabited by an ancient race of giant teabaggers. No one knows what happened to these teabaggers, but they did leave behind many giant nascar tracks.

    December 5, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
    • The Jackdaw

      HAHAHAHA! I'm sure Sarah can see it from her house.

      December 5, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
  46. goodegyptian

    600 light years = 3,519,417,600,000,000 miles.

    there's no way we can get there in our lifetime. Maybe next 500 years from now.

    December 5, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
    • NODAT1

      not if we use warp drive !!!!!!

      December 5, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
    • queenbee10

      There is also no way we can tell what this planet is made up of from so far away. We equate what we "see" from this distance to what are known elements to us. It may not be made up of elements we know of at all–they may just behave in the way our scientist thinks they do OR they may indicate a behavior that is muddied by the distance it took for the image to get here. Either way, our scientists know nothing and those who pontificate or pretend otherwise are acting on "faith" not on facts–because NOTHING concerning this planet has been proved nor can it be proved based on our present tech.

      December 5, 2011 at 11:57 pm |
  47. phil

    let me see here – 5,865,696,000,000 miles per light year x 600 light years away = and I get about 40 mpg @ 70 mph or about ...

    December 5, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
    • The Jackdaw

      I am duct taping a fishbowl to my head and I’m going to ride my bike there. NASA, eat your heart out!

      December 5, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
      • NODAT1

        If its similar to earth its probably just as jacked up. Maybe we can visit in order to compare who's planet has the most problems!!!

        December 5, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
      • Grog Says

        You can use a fire extinguisher like Wall-E did,
        for propulsion.

        December 5, 2011 at 6:52 pm |
  48. Planes Walker

    For those of you wondering how astronomers can judge the likelihood of water present on another planet, here is a simple answer:

    Pass the light reflecting off the planet through a prism. Every element has its own unique signature, absorbing different wavelengths of light. The presence of Oxygen and Hydrogen, in combination with the right orbit, could indicate water.

    However, it's a bit more complicated than that when the planet is so distant that telescopes can't see it directly! Then we have to look at changes in luminosity ("brightness") of the planet's star, as the planet crosses between it and us (the observer). In this case, we look at what portion of that star's light spectrum is absorbed by the planet and deduce the likely composition of the planet (atmosphere present, water, etc.)

    December 5, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
    • queenbee10

      A million years from now we get there and have a huge "oops" moment? When they discover that not only does earth hydrogen and oxygen have a certain luminocity, spectrum etc, etc ad nauseum–but so does this brilliant radioactive or otherwise poisonous gas or cloud that reflected like water based on our earth, the position and the limitations of our equipment but up close is NOTHING like earth–on the other hand, IF we ever got there, at least the idea that we knew what we were looking at or calculating so many eons ago could be seen as the impetus–but we digress–our capitalistic countries are biting the big one. There will be no uber space program–there might not even be a US-the real wonder is how many Roman like -Atlantis type empires have fallen –each so sure of their own ascendancy and prowess and each crumbling back into the dust after less than the equivalent of a geological second at the top?

      December 5, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  49. goodegyptian

    There's no God but Allah! Every intelligent being in every habitable planet is Muslim, God willing! There's no such thing as Christianity in another habitable planet!

    December 5, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
    • The Jackdaw

      I'm sure the idiocy of faith is a purely human problem.

      December 5, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
    • GodOfMoney

      islam only exists on this planet in the minds of gullible monkey-descendants. Sorry!

      December 5, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
    • OurCreator

      True our earthly history is our own. Sometimes I wonder about the human mind and how people can think our history is the same as all the entire planets planets out there. The only thing I disagree with you on. Is that God is a Universal God, and you can trust when I say, the Universe does indeed know the same God that sent His son to die for the Human race.

      December 5, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
    • Dino Droppings

      Pappa Smurf says, bring me your smurfberries
      and i will smurf you for life.
      Your little blue smurf butts are for me to command.
      DO AS I SAY, OR I WILL S M U R F Y O U !!!!!!!!!

      December 5, 2011 at 6:57 pm |
  50. nappyrzrbk

    "Probably" not possible with today's technology?? That's almost laughable. Our short and long-range propulsion systems are useless when it comes to this type of distance. No pun intended, but we're light-years away from even think of a way of moving matter that quickly, much less create a craft that can propel a human at the speeds necessary to make this possible. Even if we WERE able to somehow propel a human at the speed of light for one second (which would require an infinite amount of energy), that would be almost useless! We're talking about needing to travel at the speed of light constantly for 600 years. Technology can only go so far....

    December 5, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
    • nappyrzrbk

      thinking*

      December 5, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
  51. dudley0415

    Well, I think that we as a nation ought to take the burden upon ourselves to sacrifice the money that we don't have to perform a mission in which we cannot succeed to try to prove whether or not a particular element exists on a body 1200 light years from proof. We have so much money, with an equal amount of curiosity, that make it worth it. After all, as soon as they find out whether or not there is some sort of organism that can be defined as 'life,' our daily lives will instantly change for so much better! We will all be much better off than we are right now! Cake and champagne for everyone, everyday! It is the answer to all things.

    If we discovered another civilization somewhere, would it increase or decrease the amount of paranoia and stress here? Would it lead to peace or confrontation, panic or serenity?

    December 5, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
  52. GodOfMoney

    Whoever wants to be "god" of Kepler-22b...go for it! But I get first dibs on all fossil fuels and mineral resources!

    December 5, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
    • queenbee10

      no fossil fuels or minerals or none you earthlings can use–it is a gas planet and the luminous vapor we think is water is just one of its farts.

      December 5, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  53. Maximus

    This is old news! The inhabitants of this planet have already visited Earth. Unfortunately, the first human they came into contact with was none other than Gary Busey himself. Needless to say, the aliens hauled ass, never to return to a place they deemed as crazy as all get up!

    December 5, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
    • Savatage

      They left one behind.
      Ozzy Osbourne.

      December 5, 2011 at 7:08 pm |
  54. sickandtired

    You people are childish, I thought this was a report on a planet with water, not an atheist convention on whether God exists or not..you will get your chance to find out if there is a God or not, so why stress over it

    December 5, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
    • Raj

      I guess anxiety is killing them.........

      December 5, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
    • Savatage

      Go with the flow.
      I love reading the posts from people who who understand
      and debate this stuff.
      I learn.
      But i understand that we are going to get six year old redneck trolls,
      so i try to have some fun.
      I do sometimes wish that the trolls would just go......poof.

      December 5, 2011 at 7:11 pm |
  55. james

    What is the proof that this planet actually exist today?

    December 5, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
    • GodOfMoney

      Right...it could have been destroyed within the last 600 years and we wouldn't know about it.....yet.

      December 5, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
    • Savatage

      I think its called "science".
      Try some.

      December 5, 2011 at 7:12 pm |
      • queenbee10

        Science is often so wrong, that it is likely that this "planet" was already destroyed or that the substance we think is Oxygen and Hydrogen is neither–there is no law in other universes which demands gases and elements be the same on earth or not have the same density or luminosity–our laws are the rules we believe are immutable for our planet–but the parameters do not have to be the same when a new planet, and solar system is in the game. In short–our scientists know nothing–but to say that would mean no new grant money or grant renewal–and we can't have that–especially not at christmas.

        December 6, 2011 at 12:03 am |
  56. J

    Oh, man! Send me over there. As long as I don't have to be on this planet with a bunch of the current idiots running our country and those who don't care about polluting our planet.

    December 5, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
    • The Jackdaw

      When we are standing a$$ deep in complete envionmental meltdown, I wonder who will point fingers at who. 15 to 20 and we find out.

      December 5, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
    • Savatage

      **** those who don't care about polluting our planet.

      Its ok to say it.......Republicans.

      December 5, 2011 at 7:22 pm |
  57. dudley0415

    Today's science in a a nutshell:

    "Does this planet have water, Doctor?" "Yes! Yes, it does. We have CONFIRMED that it MIGHT have water! It's proven!!!"

    Why do you bozos take every discovery and turn it into a science versus religion argument? This is stupid and proves that those without faith don't want any, and those with faith do. Inasmuch as it is not within the power of either to change the minds of the other, why bother? It's boring and the rest of us don't want to be bothered with your screaming and ill-thought-out "proofs" of the delusions of the other, whether scientific or spiritual.

    December 5, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
    • sickandtired

      touche

      December 5, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
    • The Jackdaw

      Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of
      spirituality. – Carl Sagan

      December 5, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
    • Converted

      Wrong. I was raised in the brainwashed cult of Christianity like so many Americans. Now, because I bothered to listen in school and listen to what non-believers were saying instead of just putting up a wall and insisting on adhering to the blind faith that was force-fed to me since birth, I changed my mind! Therefore it is not a waste of time to talk about it.

      December 5, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
    • Planes Walker

      @dudley

      ...huh??

      December 5, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
    • Savatage

      I am very spiritual Dudley,
      But the Bible is garbage,and at least science is searching for the truth.
      If there is a god, didnt he give you a brain to use ?

      December 5, 2011 at 7:32 pm |
  58. god

    Siri just told me that I can't get there from here

    December 5, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
  59. TOM

    Nappy and Mance got Mike to waste some of his life and Mike got me to waste some of mine, anyone else care to waste some time.

    December 5, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
  60. onlysolutionshere

    Bet there'll be a couple 7-elevens in place

    December 5, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
  61. Sam

    If the planet is over twice the radius of ours, it's a good bet it has a higher mass, and therefore more gravity (unless it's made of stuff less dense than our planet). Going their will either make you totally ripped like Aahnold, or kill you, or both. Either way, I wouldn't want to stay too long.

    I've noticed that the possibly habitable rocky planets they've been finding are generally several orders of magnitude larger than ours.

    December 5, 2011 at 1:13 pm |
    • I'm The Best!

      The ones the same size as our are usually too small to see so far away. With the techniques currently used it's pretty amazing they're finding ones even double the size of Earth.

      But that's why most of them are double Earth's size and bigger, any smaller and it becomes increasingly hard to see.

      December 5, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
  62. AtheismoMachismo

    Did Jesus visit Kepler 22b already?

    December 5, 2011 at 1:12 pm |
    • Grog Says

      The grays wont let Jesus in.

      December 5, 2011 at 7:35 pm |
  63. The Jackdaw

    The near absolute dearth of science-hating Jesus Freaks is encouraging!

    December 5, 2011 at 1:11 pm |
  64. AtheismoMachismo

    yum yum CLEAN WATER!

    December 5, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
  65. Buca

    People of earth stay away, we Avatarians don't need your support. We got it handled here and live in peace. You earthlings are like parasites that come to seek and destroy, Stay away!!!!!!

    December 5, 2011 at 1:07 pm |
    • Grog Says

      Republican leader John Boener released this statement today.
      If there is oil on....whats this place called.....
      whatever, we should do everything possible to invade.....
      no no no, to send envoys of the military, to discuss
      terms of surrender.
      That should get us the White House.

      December 5, 2011 at 7:40 pm |
  66. Canadian

    I wouldn't be surprised if Starbucks got there first. They seem to be all over the continent.

    December 5, 2011 at 1:05 pm |
  67. Sarcasmo

    Finally, a place for Republicans and Democrats to call home. Nice and far.

    December 5, 2011 at 1:03 pm |
  68. jake

    So that means that we have to travel 10 years at 40 billion miles per hour or 60 times the speed of light... Would that mean that once we arrived at that planet and we used an extremely powerful telescope to look back at earth, we would be seeing earth as it was 600 years ago... Cool!

    December 5, 2011 at 1:02 pm |
    • queenbee10

      It would appear as "600 years ago" to anyone on that planet–but to those of us on earth–the snap shot would be of our present–and by the time you viewed it, all you had ever known here would already have passed away.

      December 6, 2011 at 12:06 am |
  69. Tommy O

    why has no one come up with a way to travel faster than the speed of light yet? And don't tell me it's impossible. My mom always told me that anything is possible if you put your mind to it!

    December 5, 2011 at 1:01 pm |
    • I'm The Best!

      Because we still have yet to come up with a way to go 10% of the speed of light yet. (~30,000,000 meters per second)

      Baby steps.

      December 5, 2011 at 1:11 pm |
    • Doobie Wah

      I use astral projection.
      But it gives me a rash.

      December 5, 2011 at 7:42 pm |
  70. Fixer2010

    Sign me up....anything to get away from the creatures on this planet.

    December 5, 2011 at 1:01 pm |
  71. Tom

    I would like to volunteer all the Republicans to go there and make sure...

    December 5, 2011 at 1:01 pm |
  72. cj

    The Fold engine I'm assembling in the shed out back will get me there instantly. I'll let you all know what I find.

    December 5, 2011 at 1:01 pm |
  73. jon

    i bet their gas is cheaper

    December 5, 2011 at 12:59 pm |
  74. joie

    Its confirmed water Could be on the planet?! What kind of a statement is that?

    December 5, 2011 at 12:59 pm |
    • J-Ro

      That's what I said...

      December 5, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
    • Doobie Wah

      Sounds like something a Republican would say.

      Vote for me, and i will give you....
      Dis
      Dat
      and de other ding.

      December 5, 2011 at 7:44 pm |
  75. KrotchRocket

    See, now I'm happy I wore my swim suit under my pants today.

    December 5, 2011 at 12:57 pm |
  76. NEbySW

    Excellent! I prefer water over soda pop anyway.

    December 5, 2011 at 12:57 pm |
  77. Blair

    What did people think before the tv was invented?!? Or microwave... You can't underestimate technology... However there haven't been any great inventions in a while now

    December 5, 2011 at 12:57 pm |
    • SRB

      Yes of course the internet and cellular phones, both of which came into public use in the 90s (which is recent) werent great inventions ...

      December 5, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
      • Doobie Wah

        The cell phone is the worse thing EVER created by man.
        People walk around with this thing glued to thier face.
        They talk while driving and are dangerous
        they talk while in the supermarket
        yes honey, i got corn flakes, bath soap, and do you want
        chocolate or vanilla ice cream ?

        I have been in meetings when cell phones go off, and the rude people actually answered them !!
        Cell phones going off in church, in meetings, during movies....

        I know....dont blame cell phones...blame people

        PEOPLE ARE WHAT IS WRONG ON THIS PLANET !!!

        I like rock music, but i dont force it on other people.
        But when your car drives by my home, and your car is going
        BOOM BOOM BOOM
        i want to blow your face off.

        Great society we got here.

        Time to take what technical advances we have
        and go back to nature.

        TOO many people on this planet.

        December 5, 2011 at 7:59 pm |
  78. U.S.Army-OverLord

    How could such a short article generate so many comments?

    December 5, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
  79. J-Ro

    "...confirmed that there could be water..." ??? How silly is that?

    December 5, 2011 at 12:55 pm |
  80. yukayeke

    Perhaps the people who live up there have wept so much because they are willing to leave that planet so desperately, that a sea of tears was created. By the way, it is salty too.

    December 5, 2011 at 12:55 pm |
  81. lolololol

    yay more useless news...but heh, IT"S CONFIRMED GUYS OMGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG1111!!!!!!11one

    December 5, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
  82. PhukUBigOT

    I'm sure the "First Race" on this planet said the same thing about your kind...But here you are anyway. Cave Dweller!!! When will you realize Arrogance and Ignorance don't mix. Pick one, not both Gomer!

    December 5, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
  83. serdich

    I have the towel, I got the Guide, farewell and thank you for the fish..

    December 5, 2011 at 12:53 pm |
    • Planes Walker

      Don't forget your Bable Fish! You never know...They might speak Republican on that planet! Lord knows, Republicans on Earth sure sound like they're from another planet!

      December 5, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
  84. Jack

    payback is a _____!

    December 5, 2011 at 12:53 pm |
  85. Mr. Sulu

    You are all missing the point.
    This just confirms the fact that if we do not start right now to conserve our precious resources and work together as one,
    earth is doomed, and man is doomed. there is no way to replenish our resources.
    People of earth unite!

    December 5, 2011 at 12:51 pm |
  86. TheRealTruth

    Let's hope there are no racist Asses there like yourself. Do yourself and our current planet a favor and get educated.

    December 5, 2011 at 12:50 pm |
  87. berntranger

    LOL awesome

    December 5, 2011 at 12:49 pm |
  88. gerald

    It is positively confirmed that it might be inhabitable? We're dang sure of it.

    December 5, 2011 at 12:49 pm |
  89. Hong Kee Craquer

    On top of that, any space settler colonizing Kepler-22b from Earth better pick their own damn cotton if they know what is best for them.

    December 5, 2011 at 12:49 pm |
  90. Fred

    You are an ignorant racist and deserve the scorn you receive. Go back to the 19 century where you will be more at ease with your racist views. You are a pig.

    December 5, 2011 at 12:48 pm |
  91. adfadf

    We need a Starbucks there.

    December 5, 2011 at 12:48 pm |
  92. soccer kid

    I'm not even a racist but that was friggin comical:)

    December 5, 2011 at 12:47 pm |
  93. bill

    yes – big smelly ones they must be.

    December 5, 2011 at 12:47 pm |
  94. Frank Tillery

    I would be happy if there were no imbeciles of any color.

    December 5, 2011 at 12:47 pm |
  95. C.

    Humans will eventually be doomed. We will either blow ourselves up, get hit by a large asteroid, or have another ice age beyond survival. We will also never be able to survive and travel even 1 light year let alone 600 of them. Worm holes? They will probably take us into the middle of a black hole. Humans are doomed.

    December 5, 2011 at 12:46 pm |
    • Raj

      Congratulations on such an optimistic view,,,,,,,,,,,,,

      December 5, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
    • queenbee10

      I agree and as we hurtle into the abyss–without a doubt someone somewhere will be marveling at how "smart we are and what we will be doing in the future" with no clue that we destroyed our future, did not go anywhere and the only thing we manage to consistently and unerringly create is more chaos, confusion and pollution. I can just see the sky falling and some geek proclaiming, "just wait until we invent...or create.... because their minds cannot accept the impending demise or that fact that with all our intelligence what we do best is to create FUBAR.

      December 6, 2011 at 12:12 am |
  96. Johnny 5

    We can't get there but it doesn't mean they can't come here or that they haven't already. Look in the mirror and ask yourself if you are in fact them...

    December 5, 2011 at 12:46 pm |
  97. Frozenyo

    First one who gets there gets to be god. I'm going to start writing my bible now. I want my sheep to be indoctrinated from day one.

    December 5, 2011 at 12:45 pm |
    • BubbaCo

      Can I be your Jesus?

      December 5, 2011 at 1:02 pm |
      • The Shadow

        Sure – we have your crucifixion scheduled. Please be on-time for your appointment.

        December 5, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
      • John

        You may very likely end up in hell.

        December 5, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
      • John2

        LoL, Hell.

        December 5, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
      • SinnerG

        ... there is simply NO CHANCE any other living organism in the cosmos is as dumb as the human being.... NO CHANCE!..NO WAY!!

        December 5, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
      • Easy Fix!

        Religious jokes. Funny.

        Here's an easy solution: Follow closely and I'll use small words.

        1) There is no god.
        2) Therefore, there is no source/objective viewpoint for right and wrong.
        3) Therefore, anarchy is the only law.
        4) Therefore, each individual life, and life as a whole, has zero meaning
        5) Therefore, your life has zero meaning.
        6) Therefore, the entire meaning of your life, or any other life, is simply to end. Complete the process. You are nothing more than a mere fluke of "nature" and your only function is to be born, live, and die.
        7) Therefore, the only meaningful goal of your life is death.
        So, unless you can argue any of the previous points, suicide is your only course.

        Have a nice death.

        December 5, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
      • I Heart Uranus

        John, Now who are you to judge?

        December 5, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
      • louis

        EasyFix, you're a simpleton who needs a God for your life to have meaning. I'm sure it comforts you, but it also distorts your reality. Atheists and agnostics can easily find meanings in their lives: other people. The only thing that keeps our existence slipping into worthlessness is each other. If we go, the Earth isn't going to miss us, the stars aren't going to miss us. We humans may have no meaning in the grand scheme of the universe, but we have meaning to each other. To me, that's beautiful, more beautiful than any man-made god.

        December 5, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
      • Ja

        EasyFix...what makes you think just because you dont believe in a god that your meaning is meaningless. Hate to tell you but go back in history and tell me how many different gods were there? Ra, Zeus, Greek Gods, Native AMerican gods. You tell me if in the world their is more Christians or Muslims. I bet you are a Christian. Religions die, there will be another religion that will step up just like your religion Christianity is slowly dieing. The problem with Christianity is that they got in bed with the romans because the romans were losing their hold on there empire. What that means is that Christianity back then bought their way into being the head of religion in Rome. So there is a reason why Christianity is still around, thank the romans.

        December 5, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
      • Guest

        Hey, Easy Fix! You gave a very apt description of yourself. I, for my part, am more than the sum of my atoms and a lot prettier than a pile of dust.

        December 5, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
      • @Easy Fix!

        @ Easy Fix!

        Alternatively, we invented God, which is just one of the many ways we create our own meaning in life.

        But your way is better: There is a God, so only God's law matters (and we'll assume God's law is in the Bible, not the dozens of alternatives). So when God has a bear kill dozens of kids for insulting a bald guy, who are we to say that's wrong? When God tells us to kill women who aren't virgins when they get married, who are we to say that's wrong? When God commands soldiers to kill every man, woman, and child in Canaan, who are we to say that's wrong?

        Wow, it's a good thing God gives us objective moral standards, or we might think killing children on a whim, gendercide, and genocide are wrong!

        December 5, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
      • derp

        "2) Therefore, there is no source/objective viewpoint for right and wrong"

        Epic douchiosity fail.

        Why is it all the jeebus lovers assume that they have a better sense of right and wrong because they follow a doctrine written 2000 years ago by ignorant desert nomads?

        Do you think jeebus was the first person to ever have morals?

        Don't you think you think you might be better served by a more current, intellectually based set of life standards?

        December 5, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
      • PF

        @Easy Fix!

        Well, you had it right with #1! However, since your god doesn't have a monopoly on morality the rest of your post falls flat on its face.

        December 5, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
      • s

        No...you start out with polytheism. At long as I get to be a warrior goddess, you can be the ruler of the Gods. Make followers play Jenga every 2nd Tuesday of each month or something.

        December 5, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
      • jpw2010

        I think Tim Tebow should be Jesus for he performs miracles in getting the Denver Broncos to win.

        December 5, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
      • H in Texas

        @EasyFix..... LOL. Sheeple make me laugh so hard. How about this? Maybe you should try living your life not by the laws of your invisible imaginary friend, and start practicing being good/nice for the sake of your human counterparts here on this planet. Take some ownership of yourself and stop depending on things written in a book that applies to a culture from 1000's of years ago. Take Deuteronomy 22:28. So if you follow what it says then we should be punishing rapists by forcing them to marry their victims and never divorce. Wow, how very relevant to our modern society. The best way to become an Atheist is to actually read the Bible cover to cover. Worked awesome for me.

        December 5, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
      • gregf@kcls.org

        at Easy Fix!, you fail at step two. Nice try loser, better luck next time. And what a nice christianl-like thing to say and encourage by the way, what does god think of you, trying to encourage a sin like that, shame on you.

        December 5, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
      • Craig

        Easy Fix! Just a simple point of correction, the meaning of life is life, it exists because it can, and will do so wherever it is possible.

        December 5, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
      • DawsDawsondarling

        EasyFix if number 2 followed, ethical philosophers would have nothing to talk about as they have for the past 300 years. Instead we have a myriad of ethical systems entirely independent from the question of god, utilitarianism, liberalism, libertarianism, just to mention a few. There being a god gives us no morality, only commands, morality is instead determined by our nature and that of the world around us. I recommend Rawls, Mills, and The Euthyphro, as a starting point on more of this.

        December 5, 2011 at 8:32 pm |
      • ZZ2011

        Like the gods who descended from heavens… if you think you can create a better creature there, you can even create them in your image! Unless, they are a more advanced race of beings – then, pray that there are gods that are watching out for you!

        December 5, 2011 at 8:56 pm |
      • Dave

        Easy fix.........number one is correct. The rest are asinine. Not much more to be expected from you as a religious zealot. IS THERE EASY?

        December 5, 2011 at 9:54 pm |
      • Eternity

        Sure there are beings more ignorant then the common human being, they're called Christians.

        December 5, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
      • sleepytime

        @Easy Fix!:
        1. There is no god and no afterlife.
        2. Therefore, this life is all you get.
        3. Therefore, it is far more meaningful than the religious concept of life as some throwaway precursor to eternity.
        4. So make the most of life, it's a precious thing!

        December 5, 2011 at 11:06 pm |
      • ashrakay

        @Easy Fix... You had me at "There is no god." Marry me.

        December 5, 2011 at 11:54 pm |
      • johnny du

        Ok guys, are you serious when you say there is no God? you guys are kidding me..think with me for a sec... Every creation must have a creator, right? how was the car made? by Henry Ford, right? The car didn't just come out from nowhere, you can't tell me that it has no creator, that it was made by chance.. Same thing with me and you, we weren't created just booooom like that.. There is God who made all this possible.. God who created me and you. how do you think the space is infinite and all these galaxies and stars and planets are moving.. There must be someone who's taking care of them, who's moving them.. Can a ship ride in the Sea without a captain? Same thing with the universe, it cannot survive without a God.
        Peace

        December 6, 2011 at 12:37 am |
      • redherring

        EasyFix: You sure are popular. Can I take you to the Marine Corps Ball next year?

        December 6, 2011 at 2:25 am |
      • Randy Vernezze

        Stupid Inane comments to impress man, come from those that supress truth.

        December 6, 2011 at 2:31 am |
      • SKYNET

        johnny du mindlessly blathered the folllowing nonsense: "Every creation must have a creator, right?"

        Why is it that you folks just never seem to understand your own logic fail? Please, don't blather some more nonsense about god always having existed, because any fool can easily extrapolate that idiocy into a similarly brainless argument about anything. If you roll that around inside your tiny brain for awhile, and apply all the other rules you've created to protect your unfounded belief, you might eventually realize how utterly ridiculous it sounds.

        December 6, 2011 at 2:32 am |
      • ashrakay

        @johnny du, That's really elementary reductionist logic. My grandmother had a beer everyday for breakfast. My grandmother lived to 105. Therefore drinking a beer for breakfast is the secret to a long life. Your reasoning is so basic and flawed, I feel dirty responding to it.

        December 6, 2011 at 2:37 am |
      • Angelatarangela

        @ Easyfix.

        The (meaningless) fact that you feel the (meaningless) need to post your (meaningless) comment illustrates the (meaningless) confusion you must be feeling. If, as your (meaningless) comments suggest, you espouse (meaningless) meaninglessness as (meaningless) reality, what is your (meaningless) basis for attempting to share your (meaningless) conclusions with other (meaningless) people? You get the (meaningless) idea?

        However, seeing as I do not believe that meaninglessness is the only logical option, let me help you out a little bit. I think I understand what you were trying to say, even if you didn’t know how to say it.

        1) Assuming there is no god (which is a perfectly reasonable assumption, but no more supported by logic or science than assuming there is a god)...
        2) There is indeed no basis for right and wrong. Correct.
        3) Now here is where you made your first mistake. Without objective reason for right and wrong, there is no law, so anarchy might be the STATE, but not the law. The law could equally be something very systematic, like evolutionary theory. And many scientists would point to natural history to illustrate such a likely state.
        4) But we’ll keep going with your line of argument, and suppose that anarchy WAS for some non-logical reason a law. What is it about anarchy that...
        5) Makes all life meaningless? In fact, I think that what makes all life meaningless is something you touched on earlier—that there is no god. If there is no god, then everything must be an element of the physical universe. That means that it is nothing more than atoms and molecules. Atoms and molecules cannot somehow become meaningful atoms and molecules without supernatural intervention and THAT is why...
        6) Your life has zero meaning. In fact, there is no such thing as meaning.
        7) So, having just concluded that your life has zero meaning, you then go on to suggest that “the entire meaning of your life...is simply to end.” I think you can see the problem here but just in case, I’ll elucidate it for you; you just said that your life has zero meaning and then you said that your life has a meaning (ending, as you put it, would in fact, be a meaning)

        And in your conclusion, we come to your final logical problem. Suicide is, I’m sure you will agree, a course of action designed to infer meaning. It is, after all, an action taken in order to achieve an end consequence. Without meaning, there is no intentional consequence, only random, physical events. Therefore, suicide is not a logical option. The only option that can be taken to comply entirely with a meaninglessness universe is to do nothing. Don’t think, don’t breathe, don’t not breathe. This is called nihilism. Now, here is the ultimate problem with your attempted logic. How does one ‘be’ a nihilist?

        December 6, 2011 at 4:44 am |
      • @EpicFix2

        @ Epic Fix

        Troll attempt 9/10. Jolly Good show old boy.

        December 6, 2011 at 12:58 pm |
      • alateos

        @Easy Fix

        Wow, just like Steve Jobs you've discovered death!

        December 6, 2011 at 1:07 pm |
      • dale

        Easy Fix:
        1.) not proven
        2.) see 1
        3.) see 1
        4.) see 1
        5.) see 1
        6.) see 1
        7.) see 1
        have a great life!

        December 6, 2011 at 1:09 pm |
      • Sylar

        I am agnostic to say the least. Since I really don't believe in God that makes me a better person then the bible thumpers. Why might you ask? I let people out in traffic, I hold doors open for everyone, I have never stolen, abused, murdered molested etc. Not because I am trying to get into heaven but because I know its wrong. My parents raised me right I guess. So that makes me better then someone who does those things simply because they are trying to be rewarded with eternal salvation. I do it cause the deed is its own reward.

        December 6, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
      • mdwstgirl

        Easy Fix: Why must there be anarchy? We as humans realize what is in an overall sense right and wrong already. We can determine this by what helps us survive as a species. My life has purpose without a so-called "God" telling me what that is.

        December 6, 2011 at 1:45 pm |
      • JohnM

        The only positive thing about being an atheist is that there is still yet hope for many of you. The great British atheistic philosopher Antony Flew was age 81 when he finally concluded that some sort of intelligence or first cause must have created the universe and that a super-intelligence is the only good explanation for the origin of life and the complexity of nature. It's a shame he spent so many years in self-imposed blindness to what is overwhelmingly obvious as evidenced in nature.

        December 6, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
      • Brian

        @EasyFix!:

        It's really kind of simple. Human beings (*all* human beings - not just atheists) create their own meaning. Laws are created (in democracies, at least) by human beings agreeing together on what's right and wrong. Sometimes they do this on the basis of some religioius conviction, but often not. Killing someone isn't illegal because it's against something in the Bible. Killing is illegal because people don't want to be killed. It's an easy thing for people to agree on. Those kinds of laws would remain, whatever people decided about theism.

        See, you have the cause and effect backwards. The ethcis of the Bible weren't passed down to humans. The ethics of humans determined the ethics of the Bible.

        December 6, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
      • comeon

        @johnny du
        You failed right from the start – "Every creation must have a creator, right?"
        Well, who created the creator? Another creator; if so, then who created that creator?

        December 6, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
      • MR

        @EasyFix

        1). This premise is invalid. It cannot be proved that god exist or does not exist. Therefore, the entire argument is false. Next time, try using or in your argument, like the moon is made of cheese or the moon is not made of cheese.. That is valid.

        December 6, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
      • HorseCentz

        EasyFix,

        Get help you exhibit all the signs of a sociopath.

        December 6, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
    • benice

      good luck!

      December 5, 2011 at 1:02 pm |
    • You know whats up

      Dude you are on to something huge. People are stupid and will definitively believe a book as long as its old, so get in there day one saying wizards ran the world magic is a sealed power, take it the final fantasy 3 approach.

      December 5, 2011 at 1:03 pm |
      • Sucka Punch

        Make sure you're not the guy wearing the red shirt when you beam down

        December 5, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
      • Just a minute

        Bonus points to Sucka Punch!!

        December 5, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
      • Blood Ninja

        Im going to get my robe and wizard hat on.

        December 5, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
      • Motley

        people don't "believe a book" just because it is old,... they believe in a message in certain books,.. that is a different thing.

        December 5, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
      • H in Texas

        OK I am sorry but whoever did the Blood Ninja reference wins the internets for today. No one else even get it? Funniest post today by far.

        December 5, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
    • nwi

      What if they are smarter than us and think we are delicious?

      December 5, 2011 at 1:09 pm |
      • bill

        my wife is smarter than me – and thinks i'm delicious. well, the rest is true.

        December 5, 2011 at 1:11 pm |
      • Les

        Bring Catsup for the other crew members... They will eat you last.

        December 5, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
      • Savatage

        Be sure to bring your copy of "how to serve man".

        December 5, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
      • Badly-Bent

        I'm a one eyed, one horned flying purple people eater,
        one eyed, one horned flying purple people eater,
        one eyed, one horned flying purple people eater,

        December 5, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
      • guest

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/To_Serve_Man_(The_Twilight_Zone)

        December 5, 2011 at 9:26 pm |
    • ET

      Space such waste of time and taxpayers money their is nothing. Just gases and lights big deal.

      December 5, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
      • Bill

        Troll Harder.

        December 5, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
      • Bilbo Baggins

        Are you for real? You think awfully small...just sayin.

        December 5, 2011 at 2:02 pm |
      • God

        Trololololololo

        December 5, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
      • Savatage

        The space between your ears is a waste.

        December 5, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
      • Dave

        I totally disagree

        December 5, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
      • matt

        your an idiot

        December 5, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
      • PMDerka

        The butchery of the English language in these posts is uphauling.

        December 5, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
      • Troll Me Not

        If you don't feed the trolls they will go away.

        December 5, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
      • Rr

        @ PMDerka I think you mean "appalling". "Uphauling" is a term related to wind surfing. I'll give you a C- for effort though.

        December 5, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
      • Gabe

        OMG How are you so stupid?

        December 5, 2011 at 6:06 pm |
      • mnemonic

        Well, at least you made the connection between space and time. However, space is not a void, it's populated by dark matter and energy. Seventy percent of space comprises dark energy. See, plenty to learn about. I do however question the value of identifying potentialities..."planets confirmed that could have, well...anything." And it will never matter to us because we'll destroy ourselves before we get out of the solar system. Anyone see Idiocracy?

        December 5, 2011 at 6:43 pm |
      • ashrakay

        Naturally space IS a waste of time, but it's all of the stuff that's IN space that's interesting.

        December 6, 2011 at 2:35 am |
      • Krista

        @PMDerka I'm hoping that was meant to be irony. I think you were trying for the word, appalling.

        December 6, 2011 at 12:42 pm |
      • watergirl

        @PMDerka: hehehe 😉 At least some of us saw what you did there. 😉
        :huggles:

        December 6, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
    • Patrick Darwin

      I enjoy listening to a bunch of smart mouth barely educated tools knock religion. Everybody is wrong but your select group of people.... because lets face it you guys are way smarter then any of the doctors, lawyers, and professors of the world that believe in god right? Science... who created that? the god of science? where did you pull those numbers and equasions through... magic? oh wait you dont believe in god... haha.. you ppl are sad and obviously had very bad parenting. Faith is such a great thing to have... but you enjoy your alternative life style lol 🙂

      December 5, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
      • irunner

        All I'm asking for is bit of evidence, but I guess then it would be science fact instead of religion, huh?

        December 5, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
      • You Never Know

        Bad parenting? Really? Why can't a person believe in a higher being AND believe that other planets are habitable? Space is infinite. I'm sure there are other places that humans will be able to explore. And if "God" created the WHOLE universe, why just 1 planet for humans?

        Has nothing to do with parenting or religion. That was a poor response on your part.

        December 5, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
      • jorgath

        Okay, here's the thing. There is no proof of God's existence, one way or the other. If you believe in God, you trust the people who founded your religion when they say that God revealed this religion to them, and that what has been passed down from them is true. If you don't believe in God, you don't trust those people. Fair enough?

        Me, I think that "higher power" seems likely, but I don't trust any current religion because I won't trust the people that came after the founders and before us, even if I could figure out which set of religion-founders to trust.

        December 5, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
      • Larry

        meh, obvious troll is obvious 2/10

        December 5, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
      • steven harnack

        You're such a typical example of a "believer" that if I wasn't already an atheist I would become one.

        December 5, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
      • LilacLily

        Scientific theories are challenged all the time, changed, thrown out or disproven.. Science is not fact...like religion it is based on belief, delusions of granduer with some truth backing it up to make the stories/theories legendary.

        December 5, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
      • Josh

        And us so-called uneducated people are sitting here laughing at your obvious example of the main reason we prefer science to religion......HYPOCRISY... you god loving religious people are so funny because you teach nothing but love for others and peace and good will towards man but all you can do is sit here and bash on people who don't believe in the same thing you do.

        Anyways back to the point i think its a fantastic idea looking for other planets that are inhabitable. I mean what are we supposed when we use all of our resources here on earth, sit here with our thumbs up our butts waiting for the end. i don't think so.. besides.. who knows what/who we might find and be able to advance our people to new bounds not even imaginable before. Who knows what cures for diseases we might find on an inhabitable planet or cleaner energy sources. All I'm saying is its not pointless giving the fact that possibilities are endless

        December 5, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
      • Cedar Rapids

        erm, we invented science. We assigned figures and numbers to values and attributes, and decided upon what those values represented, and from there created a common ground upon which we could describe the various processes that go on around us.
        ta da, science.

        December 5, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
      • Bilbo Baggins

        You sound so much like my wife. My way or the highway. She spends way too much time biblizing(new word) everything that goes on in our lives and everybody else too. Why does everything have to be God related for it to be real? Like my wife, you seem to think you are superior to everyone else and their opinion.

        December 5, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
      • Mr. Pot-tato Head

        In some ways I do see your point, yet in others i see it as no more than the rantings of a (no offence) bible pusher. In addition to that , i see no harm in it but maby these "select groupe of people" should be classifyde as the same tools as you described , you see science showed us the big bang theory was correct , altho the bible showed us that god created the big bang. So in retort to your comment ; maby these folks , the ones who belive in magic and science and the ones whom belive in god are the ones who have come together to create you "select people" to show you that maby , just maby , both sides of the party have just of equal stand points as the other.

        P.S. no offence was ment by this it was only ment to start an intelligent convo with my fellow man . merry christmas , and happy holidays.

        December 5, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
      • Tonelok

        @Patrick Darwin
        Equasions? I may not be smarter than some doctor that chooses to believe in God, but I can at least spell equations correctly. I would also tell you to focus on your parenting but chances are you kids are so close-minded and indoctrinated that they will never accept that humanity wasn't the grand design of the universe.
        .
        Now to the article, maybe I missed it in the article, but did they actually have any basis for the water claim? I am very excited to see the what we learn about this planet but it seems a bit misleading when we have no real data about mass or composition.

        December 5, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
      • queenbee10

        jorgath–here's more of the thing: many people who believe in God do not subscribe to any religion. You assume a lot, it has been found that persons with no contact with organized religion often still attribute many aspects of existence to faith and a higher being. If you cannot imagine, feel or experience that, that is your own dilemma–where it runs into issues is when you think your position is somehow superior to or more learned than any other, because if you cannot disprove a thing, it does not make your version right by default.

        December 5, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
      • Your lord and savior

        They are not knocking god, just books like the bible with ridiculous fairy tails, only sheep believe in books that say the world was created in 7 days, and man kind was created from two people. Most religions were simple means for corrupt men to establish power over the masses, try for once in your simple little mind to do a little research on the history of your religion, in fact start with the mother of Christianity the catholic church. Accept the fact that we no nothing about our creator and we may never know! We have just started understanding the TRUE origins of our existence thanks to science not B.S. fairy tail books from the past!

        December 5, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
      • What

        @LilacLily

        There's a difference between scientific fact and scientific theory. Look it up.

        December 5, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
      • Mike

        Religion breeds war, corruption and pedophiles. I have no room in my life for those three things. Nothing god-like should ever impose the cruelties that are being inflicted upon the innocent. You can keep your "God".

        December 5, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
      • Lamont

        Faith – Whatever you choose to believe in... it does not have a right or wrong answer. So if you believe in God that is fine; but if the bible is right, and if you are so holy, then you should not be judging others. Now if your religion is hypocrisy at its core, then by all means...............

        December 5, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
      • Savatage

        There is a spirit to the universe.
        That thing about some old white guy with a beard,
        throwing thunderbolts across the fermament,
        answering our prayers......nope.

        December 5, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
      • jfrazier

        So if we do find life on another planet does that throw religion and faith out the window?

        December 5, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
      • Justin G

        First of all Patrick, there are scientist that believe in GOD. For you to sit there and say that there aren't any life out there or planets, Then you are the one who is truely uneducated, and pure ignorance. You're the type of people that if they found a more intelligent race more advanced then us, you would kill yourself because all of the things you believe. Also who's to say that we have not found a more intelligent race, or even if they sought out to find us? Do you think our government will tell people? NO. The last time in the duration of the 1960's they tried to say that there were alien races on it's way to earth, roughly 2 million religious people killed themselves because of it. Another thing, How do you think we have the knowledge and technology that we have today. What god just came down and said here have this technology? NO. We strived and used our brains to have what we have today. If we just believed in God, and never pursued scientific feats, then we would still be in dark ages. So for you right now sitten down drinking whatever, haveing a house with a roof over your head, watching tv, and the food that you even eat today was not from god, It was from us human biengs useing our brains to make a better life for our selves. Second, all the equations and mathematics that were done, DId not happen in one days time, They happened over time. As you can see from those equations and time put into using our brains, we got smarter and created technologies that better our selves today. So, to answer your question, No it was not made up by magic. Lastly, i believe in God myself sir, but i do not believe that God created just us on this earth, I believe that he also created other life forms in this universe. Thats also ignorance to say that god only loves us human being and no one else. God could not be a human being, Because other creatures have souls too. Also another reason he couldnt be a humanbeing. because all humanbeings on this earth are currupted at heart in some sort of way. People like you must need to worship god 24/7 because if you feel as if you dont you'd go to hell. To me, thats just being cowardly. I am also going to leave a little saying for you. That hopefully you'll understand, If not may God bless you. "Do not be afraid.......Death comes for all, by learning to embrace the inevitable, you will unlock secrets hidden from those too cowardly to seek the truth."

        December 5, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
      • DoesitMatter

        So since Fred Phelps and his members at Westboro Church believe in God, they are better parents and were better parented than the rest of us unedumacated peoples...Nice

        December 5, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
      • queenbee10

        What

        @LilacLily

        There's a difference between scientific fact and scientific theory. Look it up."

        Unfortunately since scientific fact is supposedly based on proof but often proof is tailored to a preconceived fact –we have debunked "facts". Here are a few: Pluto is a planet (debunked recently) "Mad Cow disease is caused by a virus" debunked when prions were discovered. "Eggs are a complete healthy food" debunked with the discovery of the connection of arahadonic acid and cholesterol to eggs, and more harmful "we have proof there are weapons of mass destruction in Iraq–of course there are a lot more "X rays are not harmful" "Thalidomide is excellent for stopping nausea in pregnant women and are completely safe and "cigarettes are not addictive..."cocaine is only psychologically addictive...."

        FACTS are what scientist call the set of data they decide prove a theory, if it is repeatable and no other agenda or idea is presented it is accepted as fact–unfortunately todays facts are often tommorrows–ignorant information or misinformation–much to the detriment of those who believed too much and too indepth. FACT.

        December 5, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
      • Randy M

        Irunner

        The evidence is all around you. Everything(the physical world) was created by a being of some type that is not physical in nature. There is no way the physical world comes into being without a starting point. Big Bang is the most accepted theory on the origins of the universe. If this is correct and it may be, then where did the original matter and the original source of energy come from. Not from the physical universe but from another source. The Bible is the only religious source that confirms this theory and actually backs up the big bang theory. In Genesis, it says God(non-physical being) spoke( created matter and energy)into existence. The Bible is not a book of science it is a collection of books about God(nonphysical being). However, it does not contradict science. If you look at the rest of the creation story, then you will realize that science backs up the basic logic of the development of plants, fish, birds(dinosaurs) etc. How would people with no scientific knowledge have been able to write a book that back up modern day science? Impossible without influence from an outside source whose power and IQ are beyond Human comprehension.

        December 5, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
      • Dan, TX

        good grief. Some people believe in god and some don't. What difference does it make as long as we agree to treat each other with respect. People can believe in God or not depending on how God made them OR how their genes + environment made them. Again, what difference does that make. No matter if you believe in God or not, you smile when a child smiles at you (usually) and you think flowers are pretty, and you want to help someone who clearly needs help (usually). That's the way evolution OR God made things. I don't believe in God myself, but I'm fine with people believing in God, I'm not gay, but it is clear people are born gay. People are also likely to be born believers or not. You can't blame someone for believing in God if they were born with a brain that is built in a way that makes belief in God very strong.

        December 5, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
      • H in Texas

        And I enjoy Neanderthal blow hards like yourself running around hiding from invisible men in the sky who have lists of 10 things that your shouldn't do. Are you a tool like this everyday of your life or just on the internets? How about you take your magic book of what the sky king wants you and the rest of us to do and shove it up that tight little retentive hole of yours. That is if your mommy and the sky zeus will let you. Maybe you should pray for some direction on that last part works first. "Dear God, I am an internet ignoramus and need to put your good book in the holiest of holies. Please send me a message via the normal plague of locusts, burning bush, global flood, or whichever televangelist you see fit as to how I get it in there. Oh and can I have a Pony too please".

        December 5, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
      • bs

        "obviously had very bad parenting"... ie insufficient brain washing

        December 5, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
      • BBoy705

        @ Patrick Darwin – You had me at "lets face it you guys are way smarter then any of the doctors, lawyers, and professors of the world that believe in god right?" Thank you for acknowledging the obvious! Thank you!

        December 5, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
      • tranceporter

        @Mike

        "Religion breeds war, corruption and pedophiles. I have no room in my life for those three things. Nothing god-like should ever impose the cruelties that are being inflicted upon the innocent. You can keep your "God"."

        While I agree religion hasn't been a force for good, remember Pol Pot and Stalin haven't exactly been a force for good either. Science has also brought us deadly weapons that can destroy all of us. So, the saying of glass houses really applies here...

        December 5, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
      • Gabe

        Faith is what one has in a fairytale. Confidence is what one has in the scientific method.

        December 5, 2011 at 6:07 pm |
      • jamal

        I'm glad someone said it... they sound like very sad people and I'm no christian or muslim , I'm white and married..! I'm a Baha'i

        December 5, 2011 at 7:42 pm |
      • sharoom

        Randy M, you're pushing it too far by insisting a being was the source of the universe. Sure, you can speculate that there has to be something that came before, but a "God did it" answer holds as much weight as a divine being defecating the universe into existence.

        December 5, 2011 at 7:53 pm |
      • mrhapiguy

        Why does every religious person have to bash science? I mean, really, do these people not drive cars, not fly in airplanes, refuse all medical treatment, not use computers or cell phones, etc.?

        Denying the pillars of science is a very stupid argumentative position to take. Plus, you are doing it by typing on a keyboard of a computer to post on an internet site. None of those things exist without science.

        December 5, 2011 at 9:00 pm |
      • msadr

        Patrick, that was funny. Thanks.

        December 5, 2011 at 10:14 pm |
      • Z

        Dear all, first of all, religion is man made. Agreed. And in my investigation of comparing scriptures, science, and other available material. You will find the Bible fascinating, historically and our understanding of the current events. You will find science and archaeologist confirming the facts in the Bible. Many historians agrees the existence of the people in the Bible. Including the one named, Jesus of Nazareth. A man who lived a perfect life, served humanity, and died for humanity. Now, read about him yourself, understand who He is? Forget about what this guy / gal says, or the Church, or etc..... investigate yourself. If its not true, then disprove it. Not by you or someone else opinion. But by investigating all the available material. Seek and you shall find. I do hope you and everyone around you will find the truth? What is truth? If God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and the beloved King David is all true? My friends, I promise you shall never be alone, no friend, family member can ever be there for you 100%. But if the promise in the Word is true, you shall never go through life alone. Here and eternity. Peace my friends.

        December 5, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
      • johnny du

        Ok guys, are you serious when you say there is no God? you guys are kidding me..think with me for a sec... Every creation must have a creator, right? how was the car made? by Henry Ford, right? The car didn't just come out from nowhere, you can't tell me that it has no creator, that it was made by chance.. Same thing with you and I, we weren't created just booooom like that.. There is God who made all this possible.. God who created me and you. how do you think the space is infinite and all these galaxies and stars and planets are moving.. There must be someone who's taking care of them, who's moving them.. Can a ship ride in the Sea without a captain? Same thing with the universe, it cannot survive without a God.
        Peace

        December 6, 2011 at 12:35 am |
      • Dan Sutton

        Well, I'm smart enough that I can spell "let's" and I'm also smart enough to know that there's no god. Questions?

        December 6, 2011 at 1:30 am |
      • ashrakay

        @LilacLily, Gravitational forces attract is a fact. See what happens if you "believe" otherwise next time you fall.

        December 6, 2011 at 2:43 am |
      • Angelatarangela

        I love reading the comments of people who can't spell, knocking the comments of people who can't spell, for the fact that they can't spell. See that little red squiggly line that appears under your works when you type? It tells you that "equasions" is not spelled correctly. And for your edification, it's "closed-minded" not "close-minded", but then again, you didn't have a little squiggly red line to tell you. Silly online spell-checker; doesn't do all your thinking for you.

        December 6, 2011 at 4:55 am |
      • David

        Numbers are man made not from god. saying that all this stuff was created so we must have been created is a very narrow viewpoint. Most think this way cause they had a begginning and an end. In fact i you talk to most preists about the no beginning and no end is that our feable brains cant understand it. Wrong answer. Faith is the mechanism that depletes the brain.

        December 6, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
      • Greg

        You want proof of God look at the Proof he provided, The Jew, Yea i know Huh! Yep the Jew is proof of God He chose a people to be his people, He told them to live by his laws which they didnt, He warned them what would happen, They didn't care, So he destroyed there nation scattered them to the 4 corners of the earth 3000 years ago and told them ill gather you back together someday and give you back your land. So today we Have the Jew back Home in 1948, in the there Homeland of 3000 years ago. They have the same language, the same religion of course, They even use the same money and calendar. Of course there the only People that exist today that can make this claim, No one else can. But i guess that's just another convenient coincidence.
        I find it hilarious that someone would read the Bible from cover to cover. I mean really, if I didn't believe in God why would I torture myself by reading a book that would make no sense to me. Cover to cover that's funny!

        December 6, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
      • Pastafarian

        Blatant troll alert! Nobody can be that stupid.

        December 6, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
      • Pastafarian

        Angelatarangela: I think you meant "words", not "works". Ironic much?

        December 6, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
      • ashrakay

        @Angelatarangela, Yes, the most important thing about someone's comment is spelling and grammar. Thanks for your deep scientific insight. Now go back to grading your 4th grader's papers.

        December 6, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
    • steeve-o

      You better bring some sheep. It may get lonely, after all....

      December 5, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
    • Clifford S

      Can we send all the socialists there?

      December 5, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
      • Patrix2H

        But Clifford S, where will all of you Fascists go?

        December 5, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
      • Lamont

        Do you even know what a socialist is? Such an ill-informed comment. Too misguided within a forum of intelligent people.

        December 5, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
      • Savatage

        Clifford S

        Can we send all the socialists there?

        Start with the Republicans, will solve most of our problems.

        December 5, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
      • Badly-Bent

        What if the Tea Party already made the place uninhabitable?

        December 5, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
      • Dan Sutton

        Why can't we just leave them here...?

        December 6, 2011 at 1:29 am |
      • Angelatarangela

        @ Lamont. Intelligent, that's a joke.

        December 6, 2011 at 4:58 am |
    • logic

      And the lord sayeth all females shall be forbidden to clothe, and every 7th day shall be a day of libation, celebration, and fornication

      amen

      December 5, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
      • derp

        "And the lord sayeth all females shall be forbidden to clothe"

        Except for lingerie and bikini's. They are ok.

        December 5, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
      • Brad

        "Except for lingerie and bikini's. They are ok."
        For only a VERY "brief" amont of time

        December 5, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
      • Donald

        And the Lord's people gave a hell ya!

        December 5, 2011 at 7:38 pm |
      • Dan Sutton

        Damn right. Rock on, man.

        December 6, 2011 at 1:28 am |
    • Emir Al-Bubba

      You infidel, they are all Muslims – the only true religion of the Universe.

      December 5, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
      • Hork

        People who are uneducated are the easiest to control. By looking at the countries that have the highest levels of educated people. You will see that the educated are less likely to be fooled and controlled by religious organizations. Many Muslim countries don't even appear on these lists(below) or any list. Muslims are forced to believe with a penalty of death in most middle-east countries. So they believe! Just read the story of Muhammad when he saw he's nephew's wife partially naked and what happened next. It's absolutely ridiculous what happens next and is a good example of what men in power do in the name of religion. I'm picking out Muslims, because of your posting, but Christians have done it and still try to subjugate.

        http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2010/dec/07/world-education-rankings-maths-science-reading

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Education_Index

        http://siteselection.com/ssinsider/snapshot/sf011210.htm

        December 5, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
      • Angelatarangela

        Hork, really? Did you think that Emir Al-Bubba was serious? I hope the time you spent finding sources to support who knows what was worth it, cause no one read them.

        December 6, 2011 at 4:57 am |
    • earth2loons

      Do you have any idea what the abundance factor is for water in the universe? And do you understand the implications of the answer? Obviously you don't. What do people like you contribute to meaningful open discourse? Get some professional help that can help you probe into the source of your emotional problems. Like many liberals, it probably has something to do with your relationship with your father.

      December 5, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
      • serdich

        ..and I thought that relationships between father and son are Christian...you can ask any catholic priest...

        December 5, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
      • Savatage

        ***** Get some professional help that can help you probe into the source of your emotional problems. Like many liberals, it probably has something to do with your relationship with your father.

        Give me a liberal any day of the week, and twice on Sunday.

        December 5, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
      • pm

        I was with you until the "libera" comment...Hello earth2loons...it is the ultra-conservatives and neo-cons who are blissfully ignorant of facts and science and want Creationism taught in the schools (instead of science). Do you know what a Liberal is?

        December 5, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
    • RRWExpat

      If BubbaCo is your Jesus I want to be your Mohammed to wage Jihad. We can rip civilizations apart and create an all encompassing hatred so that we feed off each other until we annihilate the planet and then move on...

      December 5, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
    • serdich

      dont you have to inseminated something first..

      December 5, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
    • SinnerG

      ... There is NO WAY any other living organism in the universe.. could be as dumb as the human being....... NO WAY!!

      December 5, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
    • Easy Fix!

      Religious jokes. Funny.

      Here's an easy solution: Follow closely and I'll use small words.

      1) There is no god.
      2) Therefore, there is no source/objective viewpoint for right and wrong.
      3) Therefore, anarchy is the only law.
      4) Therefore, each individual life, and life as a whole, has zero meaning
      5) Therefore, your life has zero meaning.
      6) Therefore, the entire meaning of your life, or any other life, is simply to end. Complete the process. You are nothing more than a mere fluke of "nature" and your only function is to be born, live, and die.
      7) Therefore, the only meaningful goal of your life is death.

      8) So, unless you can argue any of the previous points, suicide is your only course.

      Have a nice death.

      December 5, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
      • Ryan

        I have a problem with your #2. And also, if nothing meaning, then death would have no meaning as well, so suicide would be pointless. But that being said I will still kill myself if you can prove #2.

        December 5, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
      • jason

        Sure religious jokes can be funny. But absolute authority (ie God) is not required for morality to exist; same goes for meaning. I think the argument that really riles religious types is when you kindly inform them humans are quite apable of morality without God.

        December 5, 2011 at 9:12 pm |
      • Dan Sutton

        You forgot about me. My life has whatever point I say it has. Now, since things have been predictable since the moment of the big bang, the universe always knew it was going to create me. I choose to believe that creating me was the universe's only purpose - my universe, that is – you can say the same about yours, if you want, but since everybody perceives the universe differently, I create my own universe by my direct perception of it, and thus, in that universe, I am God, and by extension, it exists to serve me. How's that? LOL

        December 6, 2011 at 1:23 am |
      • Dan Sutton

        By the way, I stopped there because I ran out of bull[expletive which was censored by this [expletive] website].

        December 6, 2011 at 1:26 am |
    • Gabi

      Why had I never heard of this planet before now?

      December 5, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
      • Savatage

        You havent heard of this planet before because
        they are smart.
        They dont want war, polution or religion.
        Shame we found them.

        December 5, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
    • Marinedad05

      So, you will be the God of the Keplens. Hopefully, they have more brains than these Earthlings have.

      The first law you you should have is: 'There shalt be no other God of the Keplens, other than me, Zod'

      and you can declare, 'Kneel before Zod'.

      December 5, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
      • Savatage

        Keplenites have unobtanium.
        We must attack immediatly.

        December 5, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
    • here's a novel idea

      I'll be the devil...

      December 5, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
    • Bob A Boohey

      Chuck Norris already rules the planet and the entire universe.

      December 5, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
      • Daniel

        Not anymore: Tim Tebow does! And Chuckie wears Timmy Tebow pajamas!

        December 5, 2011 at 7:06 pm |
    • Justin

      That people have always called God what they did not understand or were afraid of – like thunder, lightining, rainbow, birth, death, etc – does not surprise me. But extrapolate their little comfort zone (the internal "God" they talk to) to the Universe as a whole is sheer ignorance.

      December 5, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
    • djwazu

      600 light years ha ha ha ha ha ha Ilmfao!!!! lolololololololol

      December 5, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
      • Interglactic Road Trip

        Yeah, that's pretty far away. We will need one large ship with renewable energy and food supplies to reach that distance to start to destroy that shiny new planet.... 3,521,828,160,000,000 miles is nothing & "we are driving straight through".

        December 6, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
    • comm0nsense

      That is a brilliant idea. But be sure to outsource its publication to a third planet lest the clowns on planet Earth may start worshiping you upon reading the draft (you know what follows after that ... crucifixion my friend).

      December 5, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
    • wintergirls

      PLEASE TELL ME WHERE THIS ARTICLE SAYS ANYTHING ABOUT GOD
      WHY DO YOU BIBLE THUMPERS HAVE TO MAKE EVERYTHING ABOUT YOU!!!
      i believe in GOD but come on stop putting ur annoying "religion" in everyones face, if they wanted to trust in god they would go to church that is their choice, that is their DECISION ... Just stop!

      December 5, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
    • Goddess3011

      I'll be your Hera

      December 5, 2011 at 6:57 pm |
      • ChaoticDreams

        I call dibs on Hades!

        December 8, 2011 at 6:04 pm |
    • pogojo

      Good job Obama for finding this planet...... what? we give him credit all the time for things other people do. Why not this?

      December 5, 2011 at 8:33 pm |
    • Nature

      ....Can I be "The Holy Spirit"?

      December 5, 2011 at 8:35 pm |
    • ZZ2011

      Imagine after first set of explorers land and leave that planet, if another set/country from earth go there and teach them another way of worshiping us/ gods! There you go, we already planted more than one religion on that planet already! Then, who knows we could have all kinds of wars among ourselves on that planet and create myths like Mahabharatha a nuclear war in Indian mythology.! Makes one wonder if these actually happened on our planet earth or not???

      December 5, 2011 at 9:08 pm |
    • PK

      Hey, maybe it's HEAVEN!!!!!!!

      December 5, 2011 at 10:12 pm |
    • yeap that's right

      Got a good chuckle.....Thanks

      Cheers

      December 5, 2011 at 11:26 pm |
    • Coop

      Cant we all just get along?

      Man's achievements in Science and belief in God have been virtuous by most and abused
      by only a few.

      Worst comes to worst – be an optimist at least!

      December 6, 2011 at 12:22 am |
    • Sean

      But don't you guys believe in God when you learn about the vastness of this Universe? I think it's amazing.
      There's got to be something behind the zillions of planets out there.... I watch the Universe in HD and it feels like I'm in church sometimes. 🙂

      December 6, 2011 at 1:06 am |
    • Sean

      But don't you guys believe in God when you learn about the vastness of this Universe? I think it's amazing.
      There's got to be something behind the zillions of planets out there.... I watch the Universe in HD and it feels like I'm in church sometimes.

      December 6, 2011 at 1:07 am |
    • Dan Sutton

      I love that. I made a similar comment myself... so now we need starships, or portals, or something. I mean, what's the point in discovering planets like this if I can't have one for myself?

      December 6, 2011 at 1:19 am |
    • Question4U

      @johnny du If everything has a creator, who/what created God?

      December 6, 2011 at 1:53 am |
    • The Great Pizza that EVERYONE fights over!

      In the beginning a great pizza came into existence. Through great forces, difficult to comprehend, the pizza shaped and molded itself. Peperroni and sausages began to spring up over time, eventually evolving into intelligent conscious beings. Looking out from their individual points of view these toppings started to become aware of not only themselves, but the pizza as a whole. They called this 'everything', GOD, and the toppings began to look out and Ponder what GOD was. In their ignorance the pizza started taking on traits and characteristics of the individual toppings. The pizza became an angry and jealous GOD! Something to be feared by all! Doctrines were formed and wars were waged. Pepperoni's fought against sausages, and the sausages fought back. Many toppings died as the battles continued back and forth. Eventually some of the pepperoni splintered off and took what they knew about the great pizza and called it science. They renamed the pizza the Universe so that it couldn't be associated with all of the religious dogma of the ages. But little did they know that the war would continue. The pepperoni and sausages had lost site of what the meaning of GOD really was and continued to treat 'him' like 'he' was a great pepperoni or sausage sitting on a throne, when in fact he was the entire pizza.

      Damn, now I'm hungry. But it's too late to order anything:(

      December 6, 2011 at 2:31 am |
    • William Ochowicz

      Sounds interesting. What do you suppose the baggage fees will be for a trip to this new planet??

      December 6, 2011 at 1:03 pm |
    • dave

      is it a law that atheists have to be close minded and insulting

      Are there any holidays celebrating famous atheists coming up? What about Chairman Mao day or Stalin day

      December 6, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
      • Interglactic Road Trip

        I am clothed minded.

        December 6, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
      • Pastafarian

        You're an idiot.

        December 6, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
      • SeilnoigileR

        *sigh* always with the Mao/Pol Pot/Stalin argument. You do realize that, while they advocated atheism, Socialism and/or Communism was their religion. To say that atheism was the sole driving force behind the evils they perpetuated is a load of BS and you should be ashamed to say so. It was simply one of the MANY tenets of the socio-political system that was, in its own way, a religion. A 'cult of personality', one might say. Now I'll have that song stuck in my head....I can blame you for that too. 😉

        December 6, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
    • Grey

      Sorry dude, they came to us a few thousand years ago and dropped their bible off in the middle east.

      December 6, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
    • earmarx

      At what point do we all agree to abandon religion?

      December 6, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
    • Athiesm hahaha

      and all the moron athiests have to flock to internet to try and prove there is no god....it never ceases to fail.....whats the matter? second guessing your beliefs?

      December 6, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
    • M

      Easyfix: Every one has a meaning in life. It's to take a nice big BM every morning.

      December 6, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
    • spencer

      [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OC73Os9NmZE&w=640&h=360]

      December 6, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
    • Stoner E. Horey

      Religiosity has its seat in the temporal lobe of the brain. Whether this was deliberately put there or evolved over time, I can't say, nonetheless, it's there. The majority of modern humans have generally believed in a power higher than themselves and that a part of them goes on beyond death. This is a free country where people can practice any religion or, if they choose, no religion at all. As written, Genesis describes a creation which, unlike the other creation myths, is proving to be true. Lucky guess? maybe but they got it right – a massive flash of light with matter precipitating out of that later. A creation did occur to make the universe we live in now, 13.7 billion years ago. The brane theory proposes that our universe came out of the collision of two others, there's the pinched off bubble theory, etc. I am not going to participate in the teleological argument that states 'the fact that we are here means that we were meant to be here' The undeniable fact is that life does exist here and now and we live in a universe/collection of atoms that keep us alive and enable us to contemplate where we came from – a universe that has become conscious.

      December 9, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
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