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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  5. John

    For all you bible bashers out there:
    "...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 8:12 am |
  6. DoogieHowserMD

    They should name these planets after corporations. Maybe an incentive to get private money into NASA.
    But what do I know I only breezed through high school in 9 weeks.

    December 21, 2011 at 7:35 am |
  7. RossC

    Finally. Perhaps now they'll stop reporting monster sized rocky planets with diameters a few times larger as Earth sister planets.

    December 21, 2011 at 4:05 am |
    • SamuraiShonan

      They found Uranus

      December 21, 2011 at 5:35 am |
  8. douglasjames

    NASA, please send all the idiots to the planet to check to see if there are life forms like the ones you sent. I volunteer!

    December 21, 2011 at 2:43 am |
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