NASA announced today that they have found 2 new planets orbiting the same star. NASAâ€™s new discovery shows that 2 new planets in the Milky Way are orbiting a the same star.
MSN states that NASAâ€™s Kepler Mission Science Principal Investigator, William Borucki, said, this was â€œthe first discovery of multiple planets orbiting the same star.â€ The 2 newly discovered planets are known as Kepler 9B and 9C because they were discovered through the Kepler Space Telescope.
Network World reports that the 2 new planets are roughly the same size as Saturn. There is a suspected third planet orbiting the same star but that has not been confirmed yet. Kepler 9B is the larger of the 2 planets and is closer to the star they both orbit. The discovery and confirmation of these 2 planets took NASA 7 months.
CNET says that the solar system these 2 new planets are in has been named by NASA scientists as the Kepler-9 system. NASAâ€™s new discovery is amazing yet it is slightly overshadowed by the recent discovery of a solar system which may have seven planets; one of which is close to the same size as Earth, but larger. The seven planet solar system was discovered by a European team.
NASAâ€™s discovery is truly amazing. The general public now has more reason to look into the night sky. Itâ€™s unbelievable that there truly are other solar systems like our own. Perhaps next time NASA will discover aliens and not just new planets. If such a thing did occur, would they let us know?
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Â© Evalynn J. Saeyang - August 2010