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

Kepler discovers more planets

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

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

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

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  1. Adam

    Ha. I think 95% of the people on here have not the slightest clue what they are flapping their gums about. This discovery is not significant because the planet may contain life or because it proves a scientific theorem or even because the planet itself is somehow special. This discovery is important because we know nothing about the universe, maybe .00001%. Seems like an exageration but true. Any discovery which allows us to sucessfully use a technology to locate EARTH SIZED PLANETS is a sound one esp when you take into consideration how extremely difficult it is to locate planets which orbit stars thatpump out massive amounts of light and radiation. Haha how can you argue against that? The universe is incredibly massive, dangerous and for the most part unknown. So to say that locating a planet similar to ours is insignificant you have to be a complete ra-tard or you just felt like going to today to talk chit to a bunch of nerds. Either way dont be that guy.

    December 20, 2011 at 11:20 pm |
  2. Joma14

    Rockin' New years Geekfest. Burning (geek) man, 2011, v.2

    December 20, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
  3. Joma14

    LOL! Geek-a-palooza!

    December 20, 2011 at 10:41 pm |
  4. nats

    good discovery. Maybe it is same size as Earth...what next...

    December 20, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
  5. m

    Everyone is better off with this knowledge.

    December 20, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
  6. sonic10158

    that picture looks like Mustafar from Star Wars

    December 20, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
  7. Matt

    I love all these articles about planets, and at the end they always say something like this..."but don't pack your bags just yet, the gravity is so dense on this planet that it would literally suck your insides out."

    So who cares!

    December 20, 2011 at 9:53 pm |
  8. teabaggers

    teabaggers probably think thats where aliens are.....

    December 20, 2011 at 9:40 pm |
    • Schmedley

      Ludicrous of course, because any blue-blooded liberal knows that these planets are where the money trees grow that can support endless spending.

      December 20, 2011 at 9:50 pm |
    • sonic10158

      like always, on articles on scientific progress, there are the stupid liberals spinning politics into it.

      I have never seen such a stupid group of people before.

      December 20, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
  9. madfin

    I think all this planet huntin is against God.

    December 20, 2011 at 9:36 pm |
  10. GH52

    How can one find something that has never been lost?

    December 20, 2011 at 9:10 pm |
    • loathstheright

      With a 4 – 4 g sim cards? Or just some tequila?

      December 20, 2011 at 9:13 pm |
  11. light year

    My ignorant sons , can anyone even tell me what's faster the Speed of Light or the Speed of Sight.
    If you do then you will know if there is life in other planets.

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

      High-speed internet?

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

      The Speed of Dark!!!

      December 21, 2011 at 8:36 am |
  12. norm







    December 20, 2011 at 8:54 pm |
    • loathstheright

      What is the point of you getting out of bed and consuming an entire bag of cheetos.

      December 20, 2011 at 8:56 pm |
      • norm

        That is exactly the point....

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

        No, really, I hear your blight, but face it, mankind has gone in to de-evolution, or sorta like some b-movie where everyone just gets really dumber, generation after generation, smart people don't have very many kids, if at all, low IQ types seem to breed like relax, you will be dust before this planet has managed to exterminate all life, so have some fun and know that you knew all along how to live a long and giving life.

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

      What is the point of typing in all caps as if you are yelling unless it's because you think no one will notice you otherwise because what you have to say is dumb?

      December 20, 2011 at 9:29 pm |
    • Turtle

      Norm....take a course in science. The speed of light is absolute. If a planet is 60 light-years away the best possible trip is 60 years. The universe is BIG. We're not.

      December 20, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
  13. bellablue

    Wonder if there's political gridlock on one of these newly discovered planets????? I just had a great idea . . . . . let's send all of the Republicans to one of these new planets and let them live their own "rich and selfish life". The rest of us will get along here in America just fine without them!!

    December 20, 2011 at 8:52 pm |
    • loathstheright

      They need poor, young and handicap citizens to feed know, how Jesus described, "Suck the life of every living thing around you so you can have more than others.".

      December 20, 2011 at 8:55 pm |
    • theAntiELVIS

      Excellent way to hijack a forum and try to make it about your political beliefs instead of about the entirely non-political scientific discoveries outline in the article.

      And I mean "excellent" in the most sarcastic possible way.

      December 20, 2011 at 9:32 pm |
  14. Alex

    Anyone notice the frequency of these discoveries is getting closer and closer together. The last big one was only a few weeks ago. At this rate I half expect NASA to report detecting airglow (i.e. city lights) from another planet by Chinese New Year.

    December 20, 2011 at 8:49 pm |
    • theAntiELVIS

      The Kepler telescope has proven to be a huge jump in observational power – and it's just getting started.

      December 20, 2011 at 9:34 pm |
  15. Abdul

    There is got to be a way to bridge that unhuman distances between stars....there are surely planets that can sustain life or have life, knowing what we know about the universe it is just numbers game.

    The real effort and money should go into how we can bridge that gap, where even traveling at the speed of light is not enough. This is the slowest part of the process of humanity truly conquering the galaxy and beyond. Imagine all the lush green open space real estate waiting for us out there.

    December 20, 2011 at 8:45 pm |
    • theAntiELVIS

      If there is a way it will come out of high-energy particle physics – like the work being done with the Large Hadron Collider to find the Higgs Boson and other fundamental elements of matter. The only way to travel such vast distances is by getting around the relativistic limitation of the speed of light. The secret to such a thing will come from study of the fundamental structure of matter and energy.

      December 20, 2011 at 9:37 pm |
  16. loathstheright

    Well, there are only a hundred trillion others like them...low IQ cons don't have a clue about the size of space outside their gravel driveways.

    December 20, 2011 at 8:44 pm |
  17. SandyB

    Ha thanks the the heads up. It's nice to know that we do get a few drops of info now come clean about 2012
    And this planet nibru , you know the that your site said was all hype. WHATS GOING TO HAPPEN ?

    December 20, 2011 at 8:36 pm |
  18. Brett Holden

    Wake up people!!!! NASA, our government, the world should be pouring billions and billions of dollars into space exploration. There are millions of galaxies in our universe and probably millions of universes out there as well. Do the math and there are probably billions of planets out there with life and billions more than can sustain life. Anyone who thinks we are the only ones here are plain stupid – you must be from some country bumpkin town in Arkansas or worse, the south..... We should not spend any money on wars, military or idiotic things like that and instead should pour billions or dollars into space exploration, planet exploration and sustaining life beyond Earth. It is almost 2012 - we need to find LIFE out there!!!!

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

      I think it's a bit of stretch to say their are Earth-like planets out there, to say there are other forms of "intelligent" life out there. For that we must better understand how we humans came to be on this planet first. The universe teems with life; life like ours though may be a gross freak of nature (and short-lived, based on how the human is "progressing")

      December 20, 2011 at 8:33 pm |
    • nurduling

      dont say stupid if somebody believes that there is nobody aside from us in this universe....because it will turn out that you are the stupid one.... does it ever crossed you're wee mind that if ever there is someone out there, can't they not find us first? it is because you think earthlings are far intelligent...crazy stupid human....if there are someone from another planet as what you are thinking then we should have seen them longtime ago wee brain....think think first before judging somebody else minds and belief..

      December 20, 2011 at 8:58 pm |
    • theAntiELVIS

      Between Brett and Nurdling the idea that there are too many "Star Wars" and "Star Trek" movies takes-on some serious relevance.

      December 20, 2011 at 9:40 pm |
  19. Brett Holden

    What are we waiting for people?? NASA, our government, the world should be pouring billions and billions of dollars into space exploration. There are millions of galaxies in our universe and probably millions of universes out there as well. Do the math and there are probably billions of planets out there with life and billions more than can sustain life. Anyone who thinks we are the only ones here are plain stupid – you must be from some country bumpkin town in Arkansas or worse, the south..... We should not spend any money on wars, military or idiotic things like that and instead should pour billions or dollars into space exploration, planet exploration and sustaining life beyond Earth. It is almost 2012 - we need to find LIFE out there!!!!

    December 20, 2011 at 8:27 pm |
  20. CaliMafia

    Can we please send the Republican Congress there?

    December 20, 2011 at 8:22 pm |
    • loathstheright

      Hear, hear!!!

      December 20, 2011 at 8:45 pm |
  21. Joma14

    wow, a geek smackdown! I'm with you, Jason. The rest of you: perhaps these planets fit in to your desperate solitary life plans. Perhaps you can book flight; it's just a little warm.

    December 20, 2011 at 8:22 pm |
    • theAntiELVIS

      The only way anyone is ever "going" to these worlds is by observing the many thousands-year-old light that travels here to Earth from them.

      We need better space telescopes – because they are our only realistic means of exploring space beyond our Solar System.

      December 20, 2011 at 9:42 pm |
    • Snarf

      Why are people that think that jersey shore is the real life and that facebook is the pub of the world, talking here?

      December 21, 2011 at 4:19 am |
  22. john

    The article would be better if there was some perspective. Venus has a diameter 400 miles less that Earth but is much closer to the Sun and has a surface temperature over 800 degrees F. And what does it all mean? Why, it's a parallel universe. I suppose when they're done counting they will have found 100 million planets that have sizes comparable to each of the planets in the solar system.

    December 20, 2011 at 7:59 pm |
  23. amon

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

    December 20, 2011 at 7:52 pm |
    • bobmc

      A true man of Islam would not write such slanderous statements.

      December 20, 2011 at 8:16 pm |
    • Joma14

      not true. know-nothing just trying to provoke

      December 20, 2011 at 8:23 pm |
    • theAntiELVIS

      Another stupid troll. If he's really a Muslim then I'm a Frisbeetarian (I believe when you die your soul goes up on the roof and you can't get it down).

      December 20, 2011 at 9:45 pm |
  24. AstroProf

    Wow, what a lively discussion! OK, here goes. Take a look at the Kepler website at NASA ( to understand how the planets are found - they are detectecting a change in luminosity (brightness) by looking at planets eclisping across the face of their parent stars. Kepler is staring at a particular area in the sky near Cygnus, studying literally thousands of stars, so that they can get excellent statistics on how many stars have planets. Once scientists get a good idea of what percentage and types of stars have planets, and whether those planetary systems are like ours, we will have a much better handle on where to find planets much nearer to Earth. Quite separately, we are stuyding conditions on Earth (and other planets in our Solar System) in which life can exist. This will allow us to "broaden" the definition of what is a potentially habitable planet. Some day the survival of the human race may depend on our ability to identify and travel to another "home" - this is ultimately why this type of work should be important to all of us. And yes, NASA and others are working on how to travel there as well. Imagine how our perception of the universe we live in is going to change once we do verify that there is other life out there!

    December 20, 2011 at 7:52 pm |
    • bobmc

      zzzzzzzzzzzz We all know it took a lot of time and thought to have a claim as such. I can understand the excitement of those who mission is to find new planets. Logically speaking, it will not do much good without a mechanism of deliverary, or exchange of Intel. I think solving "how to deliver clean water to people" "support humanity w/out starvation" "ecolologically repair the planet, and her host's" "solve cancer / AIDS" "figure out an energy system theat is self perpetual " are far more important needs that we need to attend to. A good way to start is to kill Greed, and 80% of all our problems are solved.

      December 20, 2011 at 8:24 pm |
    • theAntiELVIS

      Astronomical exploration is one of the least expensive forms of scientific research. Yet without it we would be unable to understand our own weather. It does not preclude doing all the other things you mention, and can be an integral part of many of them, as the technologies developed for space exploration have gneral applications here on Earth.

      The argument that "we shouldn't do this because there are other more important things to do" is short-sighted and based on a basic lack of understanding of how scientific research works and how all scientific fields of endeavor are inter-related.

      We need to study *everything* because all knowledge contributes to all human endeavor.

      December 20, 2011 at 9:50 pm |
  25. Akbar

    These puny eartlings should be easy to invade,
    They are so busy fighting among themselves,
    ATTACK !!!

    December 20, 2011 at 7:45 pm |
  26. dtony

    Don't tell me about habitable or uninhabitable planets until you figure out a way to get there in back in less than 300 years.

    December 20, 2011 at 7:45 pm |
    • amon

      islam is one true religion and Muhammad is the prophet; NASA and US government is lying to you; there are no planets outside of solar system ! wake up !

      December 20, 2011 at 7:46 pm |
      • john

        Your beliefs contradict scientific truth based on centuries of observation.

        December 20, 2011 at 8:02 pm |
      • Joma14

        fake, know-nothing, just trying to provoke some meaningless banter

        December 20, 2011 at 8:26 pm |
    • norm





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

      Memo to Everyone on Earth: DTony prefers not to know anything – so don't talk to him.

      December 20, 2011 at 9:52 pm |
  27. midnightrambler444

    If this is important to you, you are a tool. Of course there are earth sized planets out there, there are billion billion stars out there, many with orbiting objects. Now, if we can just travel faster than the speed of light, this would be important. How far away are these planets? 200 million light years? How are we going to get there? you are not a unique and individual snowflake, you are made of the same decomposing matter as everything else. Live it up.

    December 20, 2011 at 7:44 pm |
    • lewtwo

      Well we could put the Tea Party on a ship and put them on a projectory to eventually reach it. Who knows by the time that they get there they may have evovled into a integent species .... or not.

      December 20, 2011 at 8:24 pm |
    • theAntiELVIS

      Where does this bizarre idea that it isn't worth knowing something unless you can directly physically exploit it come from?

      How many people saying this believe in a God they can't see, touch, hear, or interact with in any way? Why is it important to know about that?

      You can't "travel to" math, either – but we'd all be screwed without it.

      December 20, 2011 at 9:55 pm |
  28. amon

    instead of looking for these plantes they should devote more time and resources to spreading islam in US; everything we need to know has been written in the book; all of this research is pointless, religion is all we need

    December 20, 2011 at 7:43 pm |
  29. Rover, Over

    How do all of you ignoramuses expect them to find the "Goldilocks" planet, if they are not looking for, and learning from planets like this??? Obviously, the situation for our planet is very rare. Finding similarly-sized planets is a huge step in the right direction. Try crawling out from under a rock once in a while to realize that man-kind has greatly benefited from exploration.

    December 20, 2011 at 7:36 pm |
  30. Wicked Fairy

    My name is engraved on one of two gold plated DVDs on board Kepler. NASA asked anyone before the spacecraft left Earth to fill out a name submission form. I have just picked up my Tux from the dry cleaners in preparation for an R.S.V.P. from the first planet to offer a formal dinner gala hosting regional star system representatives.

    December 20, 2011 at 7:28 pm |
    • theAntiELVIS

      I would say I'm sad you are leaving the planet – but I really don't like to lie to people.

      December 20, 2011 at 9:58 pm |
  31. Dale

    Why do they keep insisting that these planets with temps in the hundreds of degrees couldn't support life? As we've seen here on earth everytime someone thinks life can't survive in a part of our enviroment like the black smokers where temps can reach thousands of degrees we eventually find life adapts. Isn't is probable if our planet had been hotter or cooler when life began life would have adapted to that enviroment as opposed to adapting to what we have.

    December 20, 2011 at 7:22 pm |
    • bobmc

      as this earth gets warmer, you may have that answer on what we need to do. To evolve, and survive a planet whose average temperature is 500 degrees (f) give it time. in the meantime, now is the most important time as far as I see things. It will be described sort as a Hellish Place, that is for certain. The pressence of what little Heaven I see on Earth these days, certainly inspires our next step, otherwise I will get into the Handbasket Industry.

      December 20, 2011 at 7:48 pm |
  32. rational

    I actually do agree with a few people on here saying this seems unimportant. I mean, what real applicable knowledge is there to be gained from this for a layman? Yes, certainly it is significant and interesting for those interested in this field, but I'm sure they've heard this news from other sources that are meant for this sort of thing – science journals, etc. Also, is this the first earth-size rock floating around light years away that's been discovered? What is it about THIS discovery that makes it significant? We already know that there have to be ones out there (statistically speaking, there's little chance we're the only planet like this). What would be REALLY significant is finding a planet just like Earth that either has inhabitants or has the unquestionable potential to sustain life. Because, as far as I know, that would be the FIRST discovery of that kind, correct? To me, personally, this seems like a whole bunch "whoop-de-freaking-doo." Also, a pointless debate between knowledge for knowledge's sake and applicable knowledge – both have their merits.

    December 20, 2011 at 7:16 pm |
    • Dale

      It's important because if they don't show results they don't get funding. It's also important because it helps us to understand how our own solar system was formed and whether or not our planet is an exception or just one of possibly billions. Why is either of these things important? Because eventually if our race survives we will have to leave this planet and our solar system. Now I realize most people couldn't care less due to the fact it's billions of years from now but believe it or not there are people who think that far ahead.

      December 20, 2011 at 7:28 pm |
  33. Ed Sr of Dallas Tx

    Hello.......Kepler 20F, as you call it, is still habitable. The correct name of this planet is ZORK.....and I am from ZORK. I wish you had not discovered our planet where we keep our interplanetary operations because now we must destroy earth to remain unidentified. I am sorry. Good bye.

    December 20, 2011 at 6:59 pm |
  34. Dan

    have they found Hoth yet?

    December 20, 2011 at 6:51 pm |
  35. Filipe

    Although an Astronomy geek, I cannot see the point of this article. I may be missing something, but finding a planet that is about the size of earth is not, per se, a scientific progress, right?
    Is the Kepler probe testing some kind of new technology that makes planet-finding more easy, cheap or something like that? Can this article be praising a new technological achievement?

    December 20, 2011 at 6:51 pm |
    • Nick

      "Astronomy is one of the many tools of the devil."
      -Mrs. Boucher in "The Waterboy"

      It means we're getting better at finding planets! That's all. Before, we could only detect larger planets. Now we can detect smaller ones. Why are people failing to grasp the significance?

      December 20, 2011 at 6:55 pm |
      • Filipe

        Thank you Nick. That was the answer I wanted. I understand now: this article is about technological achievement (not scientific): we can detect smaller planets at (probably) greater distances.

        The article misses this, I guess. It's good news.

        December 20, 2011 at 7:14 pm |
      • rational

        Thank you, Nick. Yes, that does seem significant. The problem of this article, however, is that it is not clear to point that out. Realizing that signficance requires previous knowledge of the scope of the technology and that this is a leap in that technological capabilities. I would call people "ignorant" for not knowing that, because the article doesn't point that out.

        December 20, 2011 at 7:20 pm |
      • Filipe

        yes rational, I agree. we are formated to think that "finding an earth-like planet" is equal to "we are close to find life". Maybie the poor journalist assumed likewise when he wrote the article.

        The enphasys should have been put in the "scale" of the finding. This could have put things in perspective.

        But this is the wonderful world of web 2.0. Together we build a better article 🙂

        December 20, 2011 at 7:40 pm |
    • yanr

      The objective of Kepler is to determine the relative abundance of Earth-like planets around other suns. Until this point, no one had even been able to detect an Earth sized planet around another sun. This is a big deal for the Kepler mission.

      December 20, 2011 at 9:33 pm |
  36. recept

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

      Miracle of the Quran??? This is not's plain FICTION! I've lived in that part of the world for over 9 years...idiots...islam scam

      December 20, 2011 at 8:41 pm |
    • Cedar Rapids

      Lol, loved the one that tried to claim that god saying I created everything describes the big bang. And the out and out false translation that claims it says we are expanding the heavens is just ridiculous.

      December 20, 2011 at 9:59 pm |
  37. philip

    Being a scientist (chemist Ph.D.) I understand that any discovery is an "important" discovery, but this article was merely written to stir the naturalist vs. ID pot. Shameless.

    In all actuality, the only people who consider this discovery "important" in the scientific sense are those who will be receiving grant money because of it. However, for all the romantics (calvin and hobbes junkies like myself) this article is food for imagination! SPACEMAN SPIFF will investigate these earth-like (its appalling to think that just because they are the same size as earth we can call them earth-like) planets and defeat the terrible babysitting aliens!

    Anthropic principle anyone?

    Nothin like coming home and writing a meaningless CNN comment, ya know?

    December 20, 2011 at 6:40 pm |
  38. Dixie Normous

    Who cares..I just found a Burrito the size of a small child!!

    December 20, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
    • philip

      i actually care about that a lot. I want you to know that for the next 5 minutes I will be sitting in quiet contemplation about your burrito.

      December 20, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
  39. recept

    the Miracles of Holy Quran:

    December 20, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
    • theAntiELVIS

      The "miracle" is that people are simple minded enough to believe this rubbish.

      December 20, 2011 at 10:02 pm |
  40. BNB42

    20E and 20F?? come on people we can find naming conventions better than that.....
    but for now how about BNB42

    December 20, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  41. Rev Mike

    Neat! Now they can find a plant the right size! We need to get to work on the warp drive! I'll sign up!!

    December 20, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
    • Nick

      What do plants have anything to do with this?

      December 20, 2011 at 6:37 pm |
      • norm

        planets,,, not plants sometimes you have to improvise and use your noggin....

        December 20, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
      • Nick

        Like a bonsai tree? Not too big, not too small. That should work, right?

        December 20, 2011 at 6:52 pm |
  42. Kristal

    speculate from light yrs away mmmmm

    December 20, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  43. norm

    OK, I say it again
    LETS STOP LOOKING AT THEM....AND GET THERE!!!!!! otherwise what is the point???

    tell me......

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

      Yes we should defintely go there before we find them... DOH!

      December 20, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
      • norm

        We find them..... now so what? we cant get there....what is the point DOH!!!!

        December 20, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
    • Kristal

      better get heat resistant clothing its rather hot thereeeeeeee like 8 to 1400 D.

      December 20, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
    • Bilbo

      We can't get there...I can foresee that all future scientific developments will have no bearing on whether this problem will go from difficult to possible. How bout this...send an entire encyclopedia to the other side of ther world in 1 sec...impossible a generation or two ago..but alas there will always be room for ditch diggers like yourself to exist.

      December 20, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
    • Nick

      No point in even trying. In the time it would take for a ship using our current technology to get there, we could build a ship that gets there before that one. Better to try to advance propulsion technology before sending out a clunker that will take millennia to get there.

      December 20, 2011 at 6:39 pm |
  44. Dont Take The Brown Acid

    For all you believers in god,
    i have a question.

    Who created god ?

    Please, the non god people, or the people who think "man" created god,
    dont reply, as i am asking the god believers to tell me.....
    Who created god ?
    Anybody who says, he was just always there has a problem.

    I will wait for an answer.
    But to be honest, i dont expect an intelligent one.

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

      answer me this: Why is the Universe infinite...if you answer this you will get
      your answer about who created GOD!!! Simple but true..!!

      December 20, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
      • Cocopuf

        It is NOT infinite. It had a beginning. Therefore, it will have an end. NOW, it had a beginning, then there MUST have been a designer behind it. Look around you, at yourself, even trees ... IF people can't understand that statement, then there are a lot of fools around telling themselves that it was all an accident or random chance. LOL

        December 20, 2011 at 9:25 pm |
    • Kristal

      god lol what a sham that 1 is

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

        Looks like you're one of those fools then. There is still time a little time to learn. 🙂

        December 20, 2011 at 9:29 pm |
    • Nick

      It comes down to Who created god vs. Who created the universe. We can't answer either. The fact is that neither side has a way to prove for certain that a god does or does not exist. So why argue about it? Neither side is ever going to win unless a god exists and shows itself.

      December 20, 2011 at 6:43 pm |
      • Johnross1968

        Yes but in a debate about God vs The Universe, I would say at least we have some proof that the Universe actually exists.

        December 20, 2011 at 7:42 pm |
      • Nick

        Not necessarily.
        If this were true, one could easily make the argument that whoever is running the simulation is essentially "God."

        December 21, 2011 at 1:11 pm |
    • philip

      If you are fine with the belief that no one created the universe than you should be fine with the concept that no one created God. I'm not sure, but isn't it either one or the other? Or is that a false dichotomy. Someone teach me, please.

      December 20, 2011 at 6:46 pm |
  45. recept

    * [Holy] Quran : Top Scientists Comments on Scientific Miracles in the Quran * # Faith and Science #

    December 20, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
    • Phil

      93% of members in the National Academy of Science reject the concept of god...which is an overwhelming majority. Just because a small handful of them believe in god doesn't mean god is real so stop posting crap about god.

      This article isn't about religion and certainly isn't about a magical fairy called god.

      This article is about the discovery of a planet, similar in size to Earth. Keep your religion out of science. It doesn't belong there.

      December 20, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
    • Athesist #1

      December 20, 2011 at 7:37 pm |
  46. erich2112x

    EARTH IS #1!

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

      until we find something better...

      December 20, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  47. lonque

    Good. Now work on a plan to tow the pair back to earth.

    December 20, 2011 at 6:10 pm |
  48. AncientAlien

    Before anyone else starts quoting from the Bible about the non-existence of life in space....there are hundreds of references in the Bible about flying vehicles.... from pillars of clouds in the sky, pillars of fire that were sent from heaven to guide people at night, to chariots of of which lifted Elijah in a whirlwind into the heavens and was witnessed by Elisha and 50 prophets. And the angels in ships....why do angels need a vehicle to fly in? I just think its interesting.

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

      I know of no Biblical quotes that say life only exists on Earth. Wouldn't that mean heaven would have to be on Earth?

      December 20, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
      • Nick

        "Ooh, baby, do you know what that's worth?
        Ooh, heaven is a place on earth.
        They say in heaven love comes first.
        We'll make heaven a place on earth.
        Ooh, heaven is a place on earth."
        -Belinda Carlisle

        BAM! There's your proof.

        December 20, 2011 at 6:46 pm |
    • Doobie Wah

      Its easier for some people to "chock" up bible references to a "god"
      than to deal with the fact that we are not alone in the universe.
      It would destroy thier concept of beliefe.
      They would have to look at thier god in a different light,
      and possibly destroy thier faith.

      I believe that we have been carefully guided for years, thru entertainment to start accepting
      the fact that we are not alone.
      But the message has been a mixed bag, as it should be.

      Aliens (hostile)
      ET (friendly)
      Close Encounters (Higher civilization)
      Independance day (hostile)
      2001 (closer to the truth ?)
      2012 (great popcorn movie, are we being warned ?)
      The Day after Tomorrow (result of us destroying our planet...or outside interference ?)
      2011 (Earth is your planet, stay away from ?)
      The Day The Earth Stood Still (Major warning that we are a war planet)
      When Worlds Collide (Have been reading about ? niburu ? / meteors, comets,
      history of this planet, and how many times it has come to almost complete extinction,
      and might be again (Mayan callender)

      No, i am not a tin foil hat nut.
      Movies are just movies,
      but i do wonder some times, that we are in fact being warned.
      Planet Earth is just a grain of sand on the beach of the universe.
      I do think that we are about find out.

      December 20, 2011 at 6:47 pm |
  49. j0eschm0e

    it is good to discover other planets, yet they are light years away and no one in this life time will ever ever ever reach one. how about working on space travel, such as folding space or warp space. it will be the only way to reach any other planet that is light years away.

    December 20, 2011 at 6:08 pm |
    • lonque

      no let's do teleport you can be there in sec.

      December 20, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
    • norm

      I AGREE WHOLEHEARTEDLY WITH YOU... What is the point???

      We see them but cant reach them...Instead of spending millions on telescope to see them how
      about spending millions on ways spaceships to get there within 6 months..

      All this research is wrong. we should not only look at them BUT GET THERE!!!

      December 20, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
    • Do Not Disassemble

      Human DNA has been tampered with.
      Or do you believe that we just jumped from monkeys to humans ?
      The Sumerians tried to warn us.
      So have other cultures.
      The Egyptian government has stopped all excavations
      from outsiders as they are very affraid that people would learn
      that it was not the Egyptians who built the pyramids and the pyramids
      are much older than believed..
      Your history is a lie.
      There is something under the Spynx that they dont want
      the world to know about.
      Good or bad, something is about to happen.

      December 20, 2011 at 7:35 pm |
  50. Reasonably

    Cool, but trying to find the relevance. We know there are other planets out there – finding one near to the size of ours without a viable atmosphere tells us what? Thanks for the info...

    December 20, 2011 at 6:07 pm |
    • norm

      AGREE completely pointless and what?
      we have a planet similar to ours....willl that pay my bills? COMPLETELY USELESS!!!

      give me a spaceship to get there, not look at it!!!

      December 20, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
      • Bilbo

        What pays your bills now? Nothing technical I hope.

        December 20, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  51. Not Fat

    It's only a matter of time before they find Ork.

    December 20, 2011 at 6:05 pm |
  52. Ed

    Yeah but it's too bad they're just as useless as the FBI.

    December 20, 2011 at 6:02 pm |
  53. mongoloid

    Hey if the Republicans ran the country, we won't even have Keppler. That is unless keppler was capable of launching war on behalf of Israel.

    December 20, 2011 at 6:00 pm |
  54. Bytemarx

    It's obvious the U.S. governments wasted a lot of money.

    But it wasn't on the space program.

    It was public education, which is reflected in the caliber of the posts for this article.

    December 20, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
  55. RoccoP

    A week ago when the discovery of Kepler 22b was making headlines as a place where life was very likely, I pointed out that a few months earlier Gliese 581g was being trumpeted as a likely place for life - and then when the hoopla was over, researchers now doubt if Gliese 581exists at all. But of course that didn't get the headlines. Since such hyped up, baseless claims are a regular occurance at NASA I expressed my view that Kepler 22b would probably soon be disproven as well. As a result I was castigated by many believers in "almighty chance" in the comment section, for doubting NASA's credibility on this matter.
    Here, with the Kepler 22b flop, we again have proof how gullible faith in "almighty chance" (or, the ideology called Naturalism) makes its followers.
    Even in this this time:, listen to these researcher's concept of how life arises. I quote: "For life as we know it to arise on another planet,SCIENTISTS THINK the alien world must have three key ingredients: organic molecules that can form complex structures, energy TO JIGGLE those molecules, and liquid water for them to JIGGLE IN. It's a short recipe.." Biochemists have applied their combined intelligence and tried every which way to "jiggle" molecules and they haven't been able to produce even the simplest protein, which is still an eon away from a living organism. When will they finally allow for the possibility that our earth and life is not the result of almighty chance, but by an almighty Creator?

    December 20, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
    • Cedar Rapids

      Sorry, what kepler22b flop are you talking about exactly?
      As for Glieseg existing, there are 2 schools of thought on that and it will need more testing to determine one way or another.
      And I kind of doubt any scientist worthy of the name will ever turn around and say we don’t know so therefore it must be magic.

      December 20, 2011 at 10:07 pm |
  56. norm

    This is a pointless discussion..... lets be logical we are only dreaming....

    OK new earth like planet.....big deal>>>> SHOW ME a spaceship that can reach these earth
    like planets in a month or so then I will seriously listen ......other wise this is pointless
    and illogical ,,,not very PRAGMATIC!!!

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

      This research contributes to the understanding of solar systems. That knowledge may help us navigate our own someday.

      You want useful? How about the useless research into electon orbits of certain rare metals a century or so ago. Very useless... until suddenly in the 1960's it became the foundation of integrated circuits.

      Moral of the story: just because YOU don't have any idea if this is useful doesn't make it useless.

      December 20, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
    • Nick

      It'll give us a place to justifiably send ignorant morons like you so that it's not considered cruel to ship you off into space. Find an earth-sized planet in the habitable zone around a star, herd you all into a bunch of ships, and off you go! I'm sure you'll be just fine.

      December 20, 2011 at 6:50 pm |

    Pretty cool. Has Gingrich set up a mining plan yet?

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

      It's in the works, and Cheney will be in charge of it. If things go as planned, it should be a total disaster, spill oil everywhere, cost tax payers trillions and Cheney will resign with a 20 billion dollar package for running it into the ground.

      December 20, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
  58. keb carerra

    When we find another Earth what are we going to do ? Send them a message?

    December 20, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
    • Phil

      Yes. We can tell them about the lord jebus christ and how they'll burn in hell for eternity for not believing and conforming to what others believe in...because they're different - and being different is bad...and evil.

      December 20, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
    • bobmc

      One thing for certain, it will not be the US Post

      December 20, 2011 at 8:03 pm |
  59. Phil

    It absolutely amazes me that every time there is a discussion with ANYTHING related to science and life outside this planet - the religious nuts crawl out of the woodwork and claim that it isn't possible because the bible didn't predict it or god didn't create it.

    The universe is massive. It contains BILLIONS of huge galaxies like our own...which is about 100,000 light years wide. Each of those galaxies contains billions and billions of stars with billions of planets with millions of them just the right distance away from their parent star to support life of some type.

    It's absurd to think that this being you call "god" which was conceived in the mind of simple, ancient men, had anything to do with it.

    Those who are bound by religious constraints will never understand any of this until they let go of the concept of god. Magic doesn't exist.

    Science is real. It tests things repeatedly to produce accurate results. It proves things.
    god is not real. No evidence exists that god is real.

    Long ago, people believed that the world was flat. The universe was geocentric. Science proved them wrong but it didn't come without a fight from the religious circle because it went against their belief that god created everything.

    December 20, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
    • Doug Hayse

      Tardigrades are able to survive in extreme environments that would kill almost any other animal. Some can survive temperatures of close to absolute zero (−273 °C (−459 °F)),[6] temperatures as high as 151 °C (304 °F), 1,000 times more radiation than other animals,[7] and almost a decade without water.[8] Since 2007, tardigrades have also returned alive from studies in which they have been exposed to the vacuum of outer space in low earth orbit. and 1200 times normal air pressure. and this is from earth so.... dont let floks lie about whats possbile for life to go on.

      December 20, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
      • Doug Hayse

        those things could easly live on mars for exsample.... just saying

        December 20, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
  60. Frank

    Does it have jobs there?

    December 20, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  61. cpc65

    "The two planets are believed to be too close to their sun and thus too hot to be habitable with temperatures ranging from 800 to 14 hundred degrees." – Sounds like a future nursing home colony site.

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

      At least with temperatures that high, it won't smell like pee all the time.

      December 20, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  62. rad666

    Can we send Congress there until they balance the budget?

    December 20, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  63. norm



    ......""" LETS GET OUR PRIORITY STRAIGHT""""" OK:?????

    December 20, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
    • wavejump1100

      we may not be able to get there now but who knows what we will be capable of in the future. also may be they can come to us or may be they already have. do you think the first human to light a fire imagined a form of combustion could bring a man to the moon?

      December 20, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
      • norm

        Yes, I understand your point of view. But i do not see the logic in looking only at it.....WE CANT get there
        We can only look at it....FIRST before finding more powerful telescopes LETS FIND A FASTER
        WAY TO GET THERE ... at this rate our spaceships would only reach them in 100, 000 years.

        I do not see the point of JUST LOOKING AT THEM, That is ludicrous....If they are advertising

        December 20, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
    • keb carerra

      People get so preoccupied with food.

      December 20, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
  64. Athesist #1

    I want to be cremated and shot into space so I can become Cosmic Dust. Or buried on the Moon Or Mars.

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

      Everything in your body is composed of material that was created in a star billions of years ago. Essentially, you are already cosmic dust.

      December 20, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
  65. olepi

    For those of us who remember the anxious days before we could detect planets, this is HUGE! First the argument was whether any other planets existed, and then we finally found some Jupiter types. Being able to detect terrestrial sized planets is fantastic!

    December 20, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
    • norm

      Ok so we discovered it ....SO WHAT?

      When do you think we are going to visit it??? lets say the year 3,200 or after....

      it is not logical or pragmatic to be excited about this UNLESS YOU CAN LAND THERE!!!!

      Ok, it is good we found them ,,,now what? get on a shuttle to land when it is going
      to take 10000 years to get there???? Come on be realistic ...this is NOT thinking

      December 20, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
      • this guy ^ is NOT smart cant land anywhere if you dont know where you're going.

        December 20, 2011 at 7:40 pm |
  66. SupermanEX

    Find a planet with water, and we'll be interested!!! Dead planet, we don't care!! We already know there are billions of galaxies with of start with planets orbiting everything!!! Not impressed, give me something to drool on!!

    December 20, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
    • norm

      Even if we find an habitable planet we cant get there....but look at it with kepler...

      I do not understand the kufuffle about this.....POINTLESS...!!

      December 20, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
  67. norm





    December 20, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
    • UKnowWhat

      well, somehow we need get it start it, should we wait another 1000 year like you said?

      December 20, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  68. itoldyouso10

    Now the only thing I want to remind you all is that based on the descriptions, these planets have really high temperatures. So, even though they are Earth-sized, they're more like a bucket of KFC than a fruit orchard in the Garden of if you want to lay on the beach your out of luck, but if you want douse yourself with sun tan lotion and are ok with living in a deep fat fryer, then knock yourself out! The point being: it's a step closer, but NOT the jackpot!

    December 20, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
  69. UKnowWhat

    why make it such a big deal for the size? what's important is if it's habitable. just because we living on Earth, so planet close to Earth's size will more habitable? NO NO NO.
    focus on water, temperature etc, not the fking SIZE.

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

      Someone's overcompensating for something. It's the motion in the ocean, right?

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

      I think the assumption is, earth size planets will posses more earth-like environments. We already have planets in our solar system with tons of water, for instance, that arent habitable by us.

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

        that assumption is true only if the "new sun" also in similar size of our sun, and the distance between new planet and new sun are similar to earth and our sun.
        too many thing to consider, the size of the new planet DOESN'T matter........

        December 20, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
    • olepi

      The size is important, because we could not detect Earth-sized planets before. It will get really exciting if we can start reading the chemistry of those planets.

      December 20, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  70. pitch black

    did any think of Chronicles of Riddick.......... they found CREMATORIA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 20, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  71. Bill

    why don't we just use the Stargate and visit these planets?

    Just kidding....every discovery of something previously unknown is progress, else we might still believe we live on a flat planet.

    December 20, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  72. Jonjo

    aww how cute the astronomers have a new toy and they are finding planets left and right. Its like when my son learned to say "No" he now uses that word for everything. "want some ICE Cream?" – "NO!"

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

      nah, trolling right?

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

      Best post yet... I completely agree... Like Bill Hicks once said. Why don't we figure out this food/air thing for the people on our own planet, then we can move on to other planets.

      December 20, 2011 at 6:02 pm |
  73. san12

    Any discoveries about our planet... unemployment, homeless, wars, poverty, ....

    December 20, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
    • Yossarian

      I'd like you to discover your "close browser" button.

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

        Pretty classy to attack someone for being confused about this colossal waste of money.

        December 20, 2011 at 6:03 pm |
      • Yossarian

        If you want to find a "colossal waste of money" go compare the NASA budget and the DOD budget.

        I don't expect to hear back from you, though. Trolls rarely have the decency to do their homework.

        December 20, 2011 at 6:13 pm |
  74. Nerdy Geek

    My... uhhh... girlfriend is from Kepler 20F. Were doing the... uhhh... long distance romance thing. Ya know...

    December 20, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
  75. Sir Lord

    Stop raising false hope since it's too hot for habitat. Size is officially irrelevant!

    December 20, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
    • Nick

      That's not what she said.

      December 20, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
  76. science

    How hot does the water get under the ocean near the thermal vents that have the 100+ year old tube worms, albino shrimp, and wooly crabs? Given the extreme pressure it allows temps to get extremely hot before chaning into a gasious state. I think it gets about 800 degree.. So life would be possible in such an extreme environement although a planet that close to the sun is not likely to hold water due to the tripple point of water. Bacteria is a possibility but prob not large animals we find on the sea floor.

    December 20, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
    • bobmc

      Will they treat us Wolly Shrimp People equally as the Albino Shrimp People, if so " Obama ... I gothcha! Busted! Get back to work and awake up Biden's sorry ass.

      December 20, 2011 at 8:14 pm |
  77. Brendan

    For those who talk about this being a waste. With as quickly as we're destroying this planet, this sort of exploration may be our only hope. SPEND MORE ON SCIENCE!!!

    December 20, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  78. WhatWhatWhat?

    We should stop ALL scientific research immediately! Not only does it waste money, but, the more we spend on it, the better it gets at showing how insignificant and useless humans are in the big picture, and it's making religion look bad. If we let the James Web Telescope go up into space, we WILL find other planets like ours, and that won't go over very well. Stop science before it stops Jesus!

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

      Common man,it does no go with what the bible teaches us,It's blasphemy,the pope will not like this a bit,we might get smite by the one and only God,sorry Hindu,muslim,or what ever other God you might subscribe to,mine God is just plain better than your,plus he knows it all.

      December 20, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
  79. marilena66

    For the TROLL, (caps intended) "what'syours" Dude, get off the whacky tobaccy will ya? If you really were working, WHY are you using the net on someone else's dime? Nothing like squandering company time eh bud? If you work for yourself, remind us not to hire you. oh wait, trolls belong in Middle Earth! Stupid me! I forgot that your mama was an orc!
    Oh hey, btw, does Sauron (your boss) pay good? Is he hiring? Let us know!

    Oh, for Nasa, that's pretty cool! Wish your telescope was a tad bit more powerful so that it might perchance find a real earth like planet:)

    December 20, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
  80. Rod in Dallas TX

    Hey Christians......If God created the Earth, who created all the other thousands of planets that exists?

    December 20, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
    • marilena66

      Umm, Him. No one else. Get off that whacky tobaccy! Sheesh!

      December 20, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
    • Jimmy Dean

      His partner. Good job being an ass.... now go back to your skinny jeans and goth makeup.

      December 20, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
    • Rod in Dallas TX

      I'm just saying I still don't see how people can believe that God created the Earth when there are hundreds of thousands of other planets out there. Seems funny to me. Back in the day when people only knew of one planet, it may have been more believable......not so much anymore.

      And skinny jeans and goth makeup? Are you serious? I'm a legal analyst with a Master's degree. What is your education level?

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

        Not sure your logic is very sound here, Rod. What, you think that creating the Earth and its solar system is manageable, but creating all those other planets would be too much work for a supreme being to hope to accomplish?

        December 20, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
      • Rod in Dallas TX

        Just seems like an awful waste of time.

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

        You're right, creating all those planets and stars was a fool's errand. With his unlimited resources and omniscience, he could have started up a hedge fund and made a killing.

        December 20, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
      • Jonjo

        I totally agree Rod, Who knows maybe the universe is his own little science lab. and we are the test subjects. There is probably another civilization out there using the same book and same rules and still think the world is flat. who knows – people say he has a sense of humor. That to me would be hilarious..

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

        Or it was series of chemical reactions and nothing like a "god" had any part of it. Funny that science seems to make sense in so many other areas... but when it smacks religion in the face, everyone is told they just need "Faith". I love the goddies, so pathetically naive.

        December 20, 2011 at 6:07 pm |
      • John

        Because the other planets exist, there must be no god. Let me paraphrase this: because I have brothers and sisters, my parents must not exist.
        There is not a single faith on this planet that says this planet is the only creation that God made. In fact, the Christian Bible states that God made everthing in the Heavens and Earth.
        let me clear up some of the liberals' confusion: All of the holy doctrines on the planet deal with the relationship between humans and God. That's it. So trying to prove that God doesn't exist because it isn't in Holy Scripture is like saying science is all wrong because you can't do the math (the quantum calculations).

        December 21, 2011 at 8:10 am |
    • Mike

      Well, we know that Aslan created Narnia...

      December 21, 2011 at 7:56 am |
      • John

        Because the other planets exist, there must be no god. Let me paraphrase this: because I have brothers and sisters, my parents must not exist.
        There is not a single faith on this planet that says this planet is the only creation that God made. In fact, the Christian Bible states that God made everthing in the Heavens and Earth.
        let me clear up some of the liberals' confusion: All of the holy doctrines on the planet deal with the relationship between humans and God. That's it. So trying to prove that God doesn't exist because it isn't in Holy Scripture is like saying science is all wrong because you can't do the math (the quantum calculations).

        December 21, 2011 at 8:08 am |
  81. Joe Black

    Sound like a 1400 degree comment page. You guy sound like babys fighting! Grow up.

    December 20, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
    • SoCal

      I agree

      December 20, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  82. Naija

    The bible is about to be turn upside down once again,we are not alone,God did not create heaven or Earth.The Earth is not Flat.

    December 20, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  83. SoCal

    Why so much hate? If you don't want to read it, don't. Please don't make this a political blog. if you want to get hateful go to

    December 20, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  84. SassyCakes

    Chocolate FEVER!

    December 20, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  85. sftommy

    Very soon, NASA will be wanting to build a rocket to visit one of these new worlds. Even better colonize these planets.

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

      Not to sounds like an idiot because I don't know but wasn't NASA closing down?!

      December 20, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
    • Rod in Dallas TX

      JEJ, NASA was only shutting down the Space Shuttle flights.....Not Space Exploration.

      December 20, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
      • JEJ

        Rod, not to sound dense but if you can't transport people and supplies up, isn't exploration almost impossible?

        December 20, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
      • Rod in Dallas TX

        Not if you're using current sattellites already in space that is sending back data. It's still exploring.

        December 20, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
    • Jimmy Dean

      Sure... that'll happen soon. Hope you aren't waiting around.

      December 20, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
  86. JEJ

    Honestly, I am happy that they have found multiple planets that are similar to either earth's atmosphere or size, great discovery, but apply the same rule as dating, unless you go out and do something about it, like try to colonize an actual planet, all you are doing is talking like you know a lot.

    December 20, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  87. NJ_Heathen

    Who cares..I repeat...WHO CARES? This benefits us how? This is money well spent how? The discovery of planets the same size as our solves what world problems? NEWS ALERT!!.... My forearm bone is approximately the same length as my shin bone . . .while almost the same size scientist have determind it cant support the weight of human life like the shin bone can...full story at 11.

    December 20, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
    • I'm The Best!

      I care, I'd rather my money go to this than to support a 30 year old who has been on welfare his whole life.

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

      You can stay behind and ponder your elbow while the rest of humanity evolves by embracing knowledge and pushing boundaries with freedom of thought, imagination, and the creative action born out of the best combinations of human potential.

      December 20, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
    • Nick

      People like you are probably the reason we haven't made contact with ETI yet. They probably tractor beamed one of your kind off your front porch in West Bumf**k, Alabama and analyzed him a little bit, then thought, "Nope, no intelligent life here. On to the next planet!" Meanwhile that guy was on the news saying, "Dem aliens, I done seen 'em. Dey done took me up in the spaceship and stuck some things up ma butt...and DEY TUK OUR JOBS!!! Derp."

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

      Three crappy replies... but NOT ONE REASON TO REFUTE HIS CLAIMS???

      The "explore to further humanity" tripe sure plays well to a ten year old that doesn't get enough to eat everyday I'm sure.

      December 20, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
  88. huskersrock1

    I am only interested in planets that reside in the Goldilocks zone.

    December 20, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  89. Mike

    Has anybody considered the idea that moons that orbit some of these "uninhabitable" planets might be habitable themselves like Pandora in Avatar, or Endor in Return of the Jedi?

    December 20, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
    • sftommy

      The Jovian satellites in this solar system continues to be one of the best chances for finding life nearby.

      December 20, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
    • Rod in Dallas TX

      Actually they have.....Saturns moon Enceledus is believed to have ice on it now which means water. It could perhaps sustain life. If it weren't -330 F.

      December 20, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
  90. Golden

    This discovery is just like watching fish in a fish bowl, we think we're watching them, but really that are watching us...

    December 20, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
  91. Bud

    Why must they be "Earth-sized?" Can't humans live in a bit larger or smaller planets? Must we have a 24-hr rotation or nothing? Teach me!

    December 20, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
    • I'm The Best!

      Earth-size is just the best candidate. Bigger, and they tend to be a gas giant or heavier elements in the atmosphere. Smaller and they tend to not have enough atmosphere. Plus a planet can be earth-size and not have a 24 hr rotation period.

      December 20, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  92. McJesus

    Send in the missionaries so we can tell them all about their "Lord and Savior Jesus Christ(tm)" and how he died for their sins on planet Earth, and how God created all species on all planets in "His Image". No matter if they have 15 eye stalks, 12 legs, and 2 derrieres. I wonder how many times their planet got wiped out by God (floods, etc). Cuz you know, even an omnipotent/omniscient dude like God still screws up once in a while and needs a re-do.

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

      Your post is silly, first you assume that there is other life out there.

      December 20, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
  93. Your Boss


    December 20, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
  94. Gwen Argentini

    this is is not news

    December 20, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
  95. R2D2 aka shopvac

    This just shows that everything I learned in High School Science was just in its infancy of knowledge. I feel like such a dope.

    December 20, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
  96. Phan22

    what is the significance or importance of finding an eath sized planet?

    December 20, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
    • I'm The Best!

      bigger planets tend to be gas giants. Planets closer to the size of earth are more likely to have a good balance of rock and atmosphere which is more likely to support life.

      December 20, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
      • Your Boss

        Best comment all day but you're still fired.

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

      It is like finding a pinhead in a straw stack hidden in a million straw stacks hidden in a million barns.

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

        actually is not, because those odds are still pretty good. It is more like finding a smiling spec in the Sahara desert.

        December 20, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  97. FrankR

    I willing to guess that more planets will be found., some will be small and some will be big. Now when we find a way to travel to those planets, then if I am still around I just might get excited.

    December 20, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
  98. I'm The Best!

    Does anyone know the method they used to find these planets? Is it the same as they were using before, just with better accuracy? (star wobble, difference in star luminosity) Or was this something new?

    December 20, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
    • Gwen Argentini


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

      It is my understanding that Kepler is able to follow the disks of the planets as they move across their star. I also think it is an x-ray telescope.

      December 20, 2011 at 8:25 pm |
    • yanr

      They are detecting the variation in the observed visual starlight as the planets pass in front of their stars once each orbit. The smaller the planet, and the bigger the difference between the planet and the star, the harder it is to detect, and the more orbits you need to give more signal. To detect planets in the habitable zone takes even longer, as these planets are farther from their stars and orbit slower. So big, hot, fast orbiting planets are the easiest to detect (and are found first), and small, cool, slow orbiting earth-like planets are the hardest to detect, and are found later.

      December 20, 2011 at 9:45 pm |
  99. Jason S

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

      How about you find it yourself smart ass?

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

      I for one, believe all planetary discoveries are important.

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

        Me too.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

        Haha I applaud Joe's comment.

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

        Joe with a zinger! Nice one!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

        spoken like a true imbecile.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

        For the dummy talking about the Van Allen belt –

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


      FOR ANOTHER 1000 TO 2000 YEARS...

      BE LONG GONE...



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

        Caps lock makes you look dumber, FYI.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

        Love It!!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

        December 20, 2011 at 9:30 pm |

      Like the gas cloud coming from Uranus?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      No doubt Columbus probably heard something similar...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Please consider following your own advice.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Agree, Jason! what a freekin' geekfest!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Do most of you wear Leisure Suits?

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

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

      December 21, 2011 at 7:13 am |
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