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NASA's Kepler Discovers 11 Systems Hosting 26 Planets 89

An anonymous reader writes "NASA's Kepler mission has discovered 11 new planetary systems hosting 26 confirmed planets. These discoveries nearly double the number of verified planets and triple the number of stars known to have more than one planet that transits, or passes in front of, the star. Such systems will help astronomers better understand how planets form."
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NASA's Kepler Discovers 11 Systems Hosting 26 Planets

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  • by JoeMerchant ( 803320 ) on Saturday March 24, 2012 @08:14PM (#39463395) [] focuses on Kepler planets, and it's much more interactive than the old SETI@home

  • by tbird81 ( 946205 ) on Sunday March 25, 2012 @12:12AM (#39464215)

    I have to agree with what you've said, but it's not just bagging Christians that is the problem.

    Often in Slashdot there are people knowledgeable about certain branches of science. They can often provide insight that hits the sweet spot between the pop-science ad-filled blog that stories link to and the original uninterpretable specialist and dry journal article. That's what I come here for.

    Generally, the first 40 comments are people trying to make obvious jokes or trolling, followed by 20 or so dickheads like you and me complaining about the jokes. Fortunately reading the story late in the piece gets the few interesting comments up-rated - which is why I keep coming back.

    Anyway, speaking of Christians and exoplanets: Giordano Bruno [], one of the first people recorded as speculating that other stars might have planets, was executed by The Catholic Church in 1600.

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