Say Hello To Earth 2.0! Historic Kepler Discovery Suggests We Are Not Alone

An artist's impression of Kepler 452b

photo credit: This artist’s impression of Kepler 452b shows how its surface might look, complete with water and active volcanoes. SETI Institute/Danielle Futselaar.

Remember the name Kepler 452b. Because in our search to discover if we are alone in this vast and fascinating universe, a sole life-harboring world among countless dead and uninhabitable planets, we may finally have a true candidate for Earth 2.0.

For the first time, scientists have found what appears to be a rocky world orbiting a Sun-like star at almost exactly the same distance that Earth orbits our own Sun. While other potentially habitable planets have been found before, this is the first that could plausibly be another Earth. This might be the real deal, people.

Kepler 452b, found by NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope, is located 1,400 light-years from us. It orbits a star that is 4% more massive and 10% brighter than our Sun. The planet itself is 1.6 times the size of Earth – making it a super-Earth – but the scientists are fairly sure that it is a rocky world, owing to its size and the type of star it orbits.

Its orbit, 384.84 Earth days and 5% more distant than our planet is from the Sun, places it right in its star’s habitable zone, where it is not too hot or cold for liquid water to form: the same region Earth is in around the Sun. This is not the first Earth-sized planet found in a habitable zone; last year, the world was abuzz with the discovery of Kepler 186f, more similar in size to Earth. But that planet orbited a red dwarf star, smaller and cooler than the Sun. Kepler 452b, excitingly, orbits almost an exact clone of the Sun.

“Sun-like stars are people’s favorites, because we know of one circumstance [Earth] where that paid off [for life],” Seth Shostak, the Director of SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence), which was involved in the planet discovery, told IFLScience.

Shostak revealed to IFLScience that, such was the potential habitability of this world, SETI was already studying it to find out if there were any signs of life coming from it, albeit so far to no avail. “We have actually started looking at this with the Allen Telescope Array to check it for obvious signals of artificial origin,” he said. “We haven’t looked over all the frequencies yet, but if there are any aliens on Kepler 452b they are being very coy.”

 

Shown is an artist’s impression of Earth compared to Kepler 452b. NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle.

Although the mass of the planet can’t be directly determined yet, the scientists think it may be about five times that of Earth based on models. A rocky planet of this size and mass would likely still have active volcanism on the surface.

However, it should be noted that the star it orbits is 1.5 billion years older than our Sun. On the one hand, this increased energy from its star means that any oceans on its surface are likely being evaporated, lowering its chance of being habitable. On the other hand, this planet offers a fascinating opportunity to see what might become of Earth in the future.

“If Kepler 452b is indeed a rocky planet, its location vis-a-vis its star could mean that it is just entering a runaway greenhouse phase of its climate history,” Doug Caldwell, a SETI Institute scientist working on the Kepler mission, said in a statement. “Kepler 452b could be experiencing now what the Earth will undergo more than a billion years from now, as the Sun ages and grows brighter.”

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This new planet joins others such as Kepler 186f, illustrated, as potentially Earth-like worlds. NASA Ames/SETI/JPL-Caltech.

Kepler 452b was found in a new catalog of 500 exoplanet candidates from four years of Kepler data. 12 of these are less than twice Earth’s diameter and orbiting in their star’s habitable zone, but Kepler 452b was the first to be confirmed as a planet. It could therefore be just one of many Earth 2.0s that are on the cusp of being announced.

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“Kepler 452b takes us one step closer to understanding how many habitable planets are out there,” said Joseph Twicken, also of the SETI Institute and the lead scientific programmer for the Kepler mission, in a statement.

While Kepler 452b ticks almost all of the boxes for being an Earth twin, there is one that it doesn’t – its size, which is 60% greater than Earth. Thus, while NASA is heralding it as the best candidate for Earth 2.0 so far, the hunt will go on for even more Earth-like planets.

NASA’s Kepler telescope, artist’s impression shown, was launched in 2009. NASA/Ames/JPL-Caltech.

Actually finding life on these planets is more difficult. Although upcoming telescopes like theJames Webb Space Telescope (JWST) will be designed to study the atmospheres of exoplanets and search for signs of habitability, the range for doing this will be just tens of light-years from Earth, said Shostak. Kepler 452b, at 1,400 light-years away, is too far to be comprehensively studied at the moment.

But one thing is for sure – the chances of us being alone in this universe are looking increasingly slim. Whether it’s Kepler 452b or Kepler 186f or some other undiscovered planet, somewhere out there, there must be a world with life waiting for us to find it.

“Kepler 452b is one small step in answering the question [of are we alone] today,” said John Grunsfeld, associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, in a press conference.

Aliens ahoy! Massive mothership ‘the size of Idaho’ caught in NASA images, say ufologists

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A massive alien spacecraft, around the size of the US state of Idaho, has been spotted near the sun by ufologists in recent NASA pictures. They say the object definitely has a structure.

The video released by Youtube user Streetcap1 shows the original NASA image of the sun captured by the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) on July 15, 2015.

“This UFO is awesome! Every time I try to ask NASA about these UFOs on Twitter, they ignore me. They have never answered me and refuse to talk about these giant UFOs near our sun,” said a statement from the UFO Sightings Daily, a website devoted to possible UFO detections on or above our planet.

READ MORE: Foam UFO: Weird glittering floating mass caught on camera over Philly (VIDEO)

According to the website, whose slogan is “the truth is within our grasp” (echoing the X-Files’ “The Truth is Out There”), the alleged alien craft is about the size of Idaho (216,000 square kilometers).

UFO Sightings Daily cited an eyewitness who said the object, which is definitely not a space rock or a piece of space junk,“has structure and for NASA to dismiss it as nothing is an insult to people’s intelligence.”

“If they post data then they must expect UFO hunters to find anomalies and share them.”

NASA’s Curiosity Rover finds a Pyramid on Mars

Is this the ultimate evidence that ancient civilizations inhabited the red planet in the distant past? NASA’s curiosity rover has photographed on of the most interesting images of the surface of Mars ever since it touched down on the red planet in 2012. Curiosity was launched from Cape Canaveral on November 26, 2011, at 10:02 EST aboard the MSL spacecraft and landed on Aeolis Palus in Gale Crater on Mars on August 6, 2012

You can check out the RAW image of the pyramid here.

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Ufologists and researchers have already started speculating what this artifact is and according to many it might actually be the cornerstone of a much larger pyramid buried under the Martian sand. Even though many pope suggest that this is just another coincidental rock formation of the red planet, others believe that the perfect geometry of the structure suggest it is an artificially created construction and is not in any way Pareidolia or tricks of light and shadow.

Is this pyramid among the clearest photographic evidence that points toward the existence of artificial structures on Mars built by an earlier civilization? many believe yes.

The “perfect” symmetry of the structure is outstanding and the “pyramid” stands out from the rest of the Martian rocks. The angles and lines of the pyramid are believed to be a telltale sign that differentiates a natural formation from a manmade one.
image was taken by Curiosity rover’s Mastcam on Sol 978, May 7th on Earth.

Despite the remarkable symmetry of the pyramid, none of the Curiosity rovers subsequent pictures taken at intervals a couple of minutes or hours include the mysterious Martian Pyramid. It seems that the team in charge of Curiosity deliberately chose not to zoom into the mysterious object on the martian surface for further imagery. If they did in fact take more images of the Mysterious “martian pyramid” these were not released to the general public.

Many believe that we have not seen everything what actually happens on the Red Planet. Former NASA employees have come forward suggesting that the agency operates under a veil of secrecy and much of what happens on the red planet has remained as highly confidential information that has been kept secret in a very tight circle inside the agency.

Lately there have been many important discoveries on Mars which could point to the existence of life on the red planet in the distant past.

Is it possible that this “newly discovered” pyramid is the crucial piece of evidence that has missed all along? Is it possible that the Pyramid is in fact the product of extraterrestrial civilizations on the red planet in the distant past? Many suggest that the evidence of intelligent life on the red planet has been abundant, yet we all have decided to ignore it for some reason.

Will the discovery of a pyramid on Mars wake interest of other researchers? Will it change the way we look at the red planet? There are many questions surrounding the red planet that have yet to be answered, now, one of these questions surely is, if this mysterious structure that clearly resembles the great pyramid of Giza, is the product of ancient civilizations present on the red planet.

NASA Cuts Live ISS Video Feed As UFO Appears (Real Footage)

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NASA was recently accused of cutting their live feed from the International Space Station (ISS)  just as an Unidentified Flying Object (UFO) was spotted hovering in sight.

The event took place on January 15th and is causing quite a stir. As you can see, it’s a small grey object slowly rising and then disappearing as NASA cut the feed.  I am not saying this is an extraterrestrial space craft, but it’s unidentified.

That being said, I have provided some officially documented UFO footage from NASA in a video below this one, as well as more, vital information regarding the UFO phenomenon.

The video seems to be going viral, and sparking much controversy as many mainstream media outlets are claiming that the accusers are ‘conspiracy theorists.’ Anytime the subject of UFOs is placed within the realm of conspiracy theory, it does harm to a very serious issue that has had the attention of governments, military/intelligence agencies and many others for a very long time -not to mention several NASA astronauts.

UFO encounters have been well documented for decades and the evidence is quite abundant.

For example, 2005 ISS Commander recently opened up about his UFO sighting in space, you can read more about that here.

Below is a quote that touches upon what I mentioned  in the paragraph above, this topic is far from a joke. Below that you will find quotes from actual NASA astronauts.

There are objects in our atmosphere, which are technically miles in advance of anything we can deploy, that we have no means of stopping them from coming here. There is a serious possibility that we are being visited and have been visited for many years by people from outer space, by other civilizations. Who they are, where they are from, and what they want should be the subject of rigorous scientific investigation and not be the subject of ‘rubishing’ by tabloid newspapers.” (source) – Lord Admiral Hill-Norton, Former Chief of Defence Staff, 5 Star Admiral of the Royal Navy, Chairman of the NATO Military Committee

“There is abundant evidence that we are being contacted, that civilizations have been monitoring us for a very long time. That their appearance is bizarre from any type of traditional materialistic western point of view. That these visitors use the technologies of consciousness, they use toroids, they use co-rotating magnetic disks for their propulsion systems, that seems to be a common denominator of the UFO phenomenon” (source) – Dr. Brian O’leary, Former NASA astronaut and Princeton Physics Professor

“Yes there have been crashed craft, and bodies recovered. We are not alone in the universe, they have been coming here for a long time.” (source) (source) – Dr. Edgar Mitchell, 6th man to walk on the moon.

“In my opinion I think they were worried that it would panic the public so they started telling lies about it. And then I think they had to tell another lie to cover their first lie, now they don’t know how to get out of it. Now it’s going to be so embarrassing to admit that all these administrations have told so many untruths, it would be embarrassing getting out of it. There are a number of extraterrestrial vehicles out there cruising around.” (source) – Gordon Cooper, Former NASA Astronaut, Aeronautical Engineer and test pilot. One of the seven original Astronauts in Project Mercury, the first manned space program of the United States

Spectacular Footage From NASA’s STS – 48 Discovery Space Shuttle

When it comes to real footage of UFOs (unidentified flying objects), film from the 1991 NASA STS-48 Discovery Space Shuttle mission is definitely one at the top of the list. This footage is real, well documented, and has been the subject of rigorous scientific investigation by multiple researchers and institutions. (source1)(source2)(source3) Since NASA is related in this article I thought it would be fitting to post. Unlike the post above, this is officially verified UFO footage.

Beyond Statements And Into Documentation

The latest batch of documentation comes from the United States Air Force. They released filed from what was called “Project Blue Book.” Blue book was an investigation conducted by the government decades ago to examine the UFO phenomenon, but it seems to have been created to actually debunk the UFO phenomenon in a time where UFOs were making a lot of buzz.

That being said, it does document military encounters with UFOs and statements made by various ranks within the military regarding UFOs and extraterrestrial beings. You can learn more about that with the recent video that was just put out by the Air Force Times here.  You can also find out more information in the United States National Archives here.

Remember, many UFO researchers and academicians regard Project Blue Book as a tool to debunk the UFO phenomenon. World renown researcher Richard Dolan has also stated that it was a “joke of an operation.”

HERE is the latest batch of UFO files released from the United Kingdom.

Documents released by the National Security Agency (NSA) reveal what is recorded when a UFO is being tracked on radar. HERE is one example. HERE is a four page U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency and NSA report describing a particular encounter in great detail.  You can read more about the radar tracking of UFOs HERE.

Thousands upon thousands of UFO related documents are now available in the public domain. For a summary of more documents that have been declassified and made available, a video done by UFO researcher Richard Dolan does a great job of going through the subject in just 10 minutes. To watch it click HERE.

Related CE article:

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For more articles on the topic of UFOs and extraterrestrials you can visit the Exopolitics section of our website by clicking HERE.

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All sources embedded within the article.

NASA Brings Scientists & Theologians Together To Prepare World For Extraterrestrial Contact

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A couple of months ago top U.S. astronomers gathered in front of congress to let them know that extraterrestrial life exists without question. Their main argument was the size of the universe, emphasizing that there are trillions of stars out there, with one in every five most likely harboring an Earth-like planet. It’s also important to keep in mind that planets do not have to be “Earth-like” in order to harbor life. You can read more about that story here.

“The number of habitable worlds in our galaxy is certainly in the tens of billions, minimum, and we haven’t even talked about the moons. And the number of galaxies we can see, other than our own, is about 100 billion.” – Seth Shostak, Senior Astronomer at California’s SETI Institute (source)

This time, NASA and the Library of Congress have teamed up bringing together scientists, theologians, philosophers and historians from around the globe for a two day symposium in order to discuss how to prepare the world for extraterrestrial contact, whether it be microbial organisms or intelligent beings.

“We’re looking at all scenarios about finding life. If you find microbes, that’s one thing. If you find intelligence, it’s another. And if they communicate, it’s something else, and depending on what they say, it’s something else! The idea is not to wait until we make a discovery, but to try and prepare the public for what the implications might be when such a discovery is made. I think the reason that NASA is backing this is because of all the recent activity in the discovery of exoplanets and the advances in astrobiology in general.People just consider it much more likely now that we’re going to find something — probably microbes first and maybe intelligence later. The driving force behind this is from a scientific point of view that it seems much more likely now that we are going to find life at some point in the future.” – Astronomer, symposium organizer and former chief NASA historian, Steven J. Dick. (source)

One of the theologians present was Brother Guy Consolmagno, who is the new president of the Vatican Observatory Foundation. This is what he had to say:

“I Believe [alien life exists], but I have no evidence. I would be really excited and it would make my understanding of my religion deeper and richer in ways that I can’t even predict yet, which is why it would be so exciting.” (source)

He is urging the public not to be so surprised when extraterrestrial life is discovered, because it will be discovered. He even said that he would be happy to baptize them, if it’s intelligent extraterrestrial life that’s discovered. The Vatican has been very open to the idea of intelligent extraterrestrial life, and they’ve expressed these views for a very long time.

Earth is not the center of the universe, it’s not flat, and it’s looking very likely that the next major paradigm shifting revelation will be the fact that we are not alone in the universe.

It’s great to see the mainstream world gather, discuss and prepare for this possibility and ultimate reality, and it’s a great seg-way to create more awareness about the world of secrecy, the worlds within our world that deal with projects the human race knows nothing about.

The Other Probability – Intelligent Extraterrestrial Life Is Already Here

All of the information I’ve provided below is probably old information for CE fans that regularly visit our site. This information is from a previous article I wrote earlier in the year, I thought it would be fitting to cut and paste it here for our new readers. You can find more CE articles on the UFO/Extraterrestrial topic by visiting our exopolitics section HERE.

 

 

In the United States alone, at least half of all Americans say that we’re not alone in the universe. Fifty percent of Americans already believe that there is some form of life on other planets, while only seventeen percent think that there isn’t. A quarter of Americans believe that intelligent extraterrestrial visitors have already come to Earth and have been doing so for a long time. (source)

Here’s one of them:

“Yes there have been crashed craft, and bodies recovered. We are not alone in the universe, they have been coming here for a long time.” (source) (source) – Apollo 14 Astronaut, Air Force Captain and Founder of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, Dr. Edgar Mitchell

There are multiple reasons why the extraterrestrial question continues to gain popularity. People are starting to ask questions about the world around them, utilizing critical thinking and investigation. After thoroughly investigating this topic your conclusions will be similar to the conclusions of the majority, we are not alone, and we are being visited.

1. The Size of the Universe

How often do you look up into the night sky and wonder just how many stars, planets, galaxies and more are out there? Space has been a high area of interest that has always fascinated scientists, philosophers, musicians and pretty much just about everyone. What is it about deep space that grabs our attention so much? To think about just how big the universe is can really put things into perspective.

Counting the stars in the universe  is like trying to count the number of sand grains on a beach , not possible. Although estimates vary among different experts, the general consensus is that there are at least between 100 billion and 200 billion galaxies in our universe. Think about that for a moment, and now throw in billions of stars in each galaxy! (source) This number could very easily be in the trillions for all we know.

Take the Milky Way Galaxy for example, which measures to about 120,000 light years across (it would take light that many years to travel across the galaxy), and contains up to 400 billion stars. Again, that’s billions of galaxies that contain billions of stars. (source)

Scientists estimate that at least 10 billion habitable Earth-sized planets exist in the milky way alone ( one galaxy out of billions), but it’s important to keep an open mind as to what type of conditions and environments some unknown extraterrestrial like forms could thrive in. They all don’t necessarily have to be Earth-like.

Given our estimation of the size of the universe, or multiverse (whatever you want to call it), odds are we are not alone.

2. Whistle Blowers

The past few years have seen a surge of whistle-blowers that’ve come out and said some remarkable things. Bradley Manning, Edward Snowden and Julian Assange have received the most attention, but the reality is that there are hundreds of whistle blowers who have come forward with verified credentials and backgrounds. Mass survelience and the security state is not the only thing shocking people around the world, it’s the fact that many of these whistle blowers claim that we are not alone in the universe. It wouldn’t be so hard to ignore if it wasn’t for the backgrounds these people have in their respected fields. 

The first one that comes to mind is Paul Hellyer, Former Canadian Defence Minister, the man responsible for unifying the Canadian Air Force, Army and the Navy into one united force now known as the Canadian Forces. For someone with such a background to come out and make these extraordinary claims definitely grabbed the attention of many people.

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“Decades ago, visitors from other planets warned us about the direction we were heading and offered to help. Instead, some of us interpreted their visits as a threat, and decided to shoot first and ask questions after. Trillions of dollars have been spent on black projects which both congress and the commander in chief have deliberately been kept in the dark.” (source)

Read more about “black projects” HERE.

”In one of the cases during the cold war, 1961, there were about 50 UFOs in formation flying South from Russia across Europe. The supreme allied commander was very concerned and was about ready to press the panic button when they turned around and went back over the North Pole. They decided to do an investigation and they investigated for three years and they decided that with absolute certainty that four different species, at least, have been visiting this planet for thousands of years. There’s been a lot more activity in the past two decades, especially since we invented the atomic bomb.” (source)

Paul Hellyer isn’t the only one making extraordinary statements, at least a dozen NASA astronauts have done the same. Just like Dr. Edgar Mitchell’s quote, other astronauts have said some remarkable things. Let’s take a look at a few (out of many) examples.

“There is abundant evidence that we are being contacted, that civilizations have been monitoring us for a very long time. That their appearance is bizarre from any type of traditional materialistic western point of view. That these visitors use the technologies of consciousness, they use toroids, they use co-rotating magnetic disks for their propulsion systems, that seems to be a common denominator of the UFO phenomenon” (source) – Dr. Brian O’leary, Former NASA Astronaut and Princeton Physics Professor

“In my opinion I think they were worried that it would panic the public so they started telling lies about it. And then I think they had to tell another lie to cover their first lie, now they don’t know how to get out of it. Now it’s going to be so embarrassing to admit that all these administrations have told so many untruths, it would be embarrassing getting out of it. There are a number of extraterrestrial vehicles out there cruising around.” (source) – Gordon Cooper, Former NASA Astronaut, Aeronautical Engineer and test pilot. One of the seven original Astronauts in Project Mercury, the first manned space program of the United States

The list goes on and on, the latest in NASA Astronaut statements about UFOs came from the 2005 International Space Station (ISS) Commander, Leroy Chiao. You can read more about that HERE.

Here is a video of John Podesta who was recently appointed as councillor to Barack Obama supporting UFO disclosure.

Some of the most extraordinary statements about UFOs and extraterrestrials come from persons who have held some of the highest positions known. Those who would be in a position to ‘know’ about possible extraterrestrial encounters.

“Behind the scenes, high ranking Air Force officers are soberly concerned about UFOs. But through official secrecy and ridicule, many citizens are led to believe the unknown flying objects are nonsense” Former head of CIA, Roscoe Hillenkoetter, 1960 (source)

There is a serious possibility that we are being visited and have been visited for many years by people from outer space, by other civilizations. Who they are, where they are from, and what they want should be the subject of rigorous scientific investigation and not be the subject of ‘rubishing’ by tabloid newspapers.” (source) – Lord Admiral Hill-Norton, Former Chief of Defence Staff, 5 Star Admiral of the Royal Navy, Chairman of the NATO Military Committee

” Everything is in a process of investigation both in the United States and in Spain, as well as the rest of the world. The nations of the world are currently working together in the investigation of the UFO phenomenon. There is an international exchange of data.” – General Carlos Castro Cavero (1979). From “UFOs and the National Security State, Volume 2″, Written by Richard Dolan

The list of military whistle blowers is huge, there are hundreds of them and hundreds of quotes to choose from. To view military whistleblowers (with verified backgrounds) give a press conference at The National Press Club about UFOs deactivating nuclear weapons, click HERE. You can also look up Dr. Steven Greer and the disclosure project.

The list of quotes from all fields, from many people is outstanding. I could literally fill pages upon pages so I’ll stop here, I think you get the picture. These quotes by whistleblowers and people with prestigious backgrounds leads perfectly into the next point as to why almost everybody knows that we are not alone in the universe.

“There is another way whether it’s wormholes or warping space, there’s got to be a way to generate energy so that you can pull it out of the vacuum, and the fact that they’re here shows us that they found a way.” (source– Jack Kasher, Ph.D, Professor Emeritus of Physics, University of Nebraska.

In this clip, it seems he (Dr. Jack Kasher)  is referring to FREE ENERGY. 

“This thing has gotten so highly-classified…it is just impossible to get anything on it. I have no idea who controls the flow of need-to-know because, frankly, I was told in such an emphatic way that it was none of my business that I’ve never tried to make it to be my business since. I have been interested in this subject for a long time and I do know that whatever the Air Force has on the subject is going to remain highly classified” – Senator Barry Goldwater , Chairman of the Senate intelligence committee (source)

3. The Evidence of UFOs

Within the past few years, dozens of governments admitted to allocating resources and having programs to study the UFO phenomenon. For instance, in Canada the RCMP, Transport Canada, and the Department of National Defence recently admitted to tracking UFOs and investigating them. (source) They’ve been doing it for years, accumulating thousands upon thousands of UFO related documents. Many of these documents have since been officially released.

HERE is the latest batch of UFO files released from the United Kingdom.

Documents released by the National Security Agency (NSA) reveal what is recorded when a UFO is being tracked on radar. HERE is one example. HERE is a four page U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency and NSA report describing a particular encounter in great detail.

“As the F-4 approached a range of 25 nautical miles it lost all instrumentation and communications. When the F-4 turned away from the object and apparently was no longer a threat to it, the aircraft regained all instrumentation and communications. Another brightly lighted object came out of the original object. The second object headed straight toward the F4. ”

You can read more about the radar tracking of UFOs HERE. 

HERE is a Wikileak cable that describes how some politicians already know we are not alone in the universe. You can read more about that HERE.

Again the list goes on and on and thousands upon thousands of UFO related documents are now available in the public domain. For a summary of more documents that have been declassified and made available, a video done by UFO Richard Dolan does a great one in 10 minutes. To watch it click HERE.  and see what type of information is out there.

4. Mass Mainstream Media Attention

Media outlets of all kind are covering the topic, almost every movie that comes out these days has something to do with space or some kind of extraterrestrial intelligence. We’ve been bombarded with the topic for a while now so it’s not hard to see how it’s on the minds of many.

The most recent case of mainstream extraterrestrial ‘noise’ was made when scientists recently spoke to the house Committee on Science, Space and Technology. Dan Werthimer of the SETI Research Centre at the University of California, Berkeley, recently called for more funding to be allocated to the search for extraterrestrial life since he is “close to 100 percent” certain that we are not alone. (source)

In mid 2013, the same committee held a hearing about exoplanet discoveries, but perhaps one of the largest UFO/extraterrestrial hearings came at the National Press Club, which also took place in Mid-2013.  At this event, hundreds of researchers, activists and military/agency/political witnesses representing ten countries gave UFO/extraterrestrial testimony to six former members of the United States Congress about events and evidence indicating an extraterrestrial presence engaging the human race.

Former Sen. Mike Gravel (D-Alaska), and 2008 presidential candidate said that there is “an extraterrestrial influence that is investigating our planet. Something is monitoring the planet and they are monitoring it very cautiously.” You can learn more about the citizens hearing here.

Apart from these events, UFOs are constantly a topic of interest in today’s mainstream news. Unfortunately, most mainstream media outlets that cover the topic seek out to ridicule it rather than investigating it properly.

To view military whistleblowers (with verified backgrounds) give a press conference at The National Press Club about UFOs deactivating nuclear weapons, click HERE.

HERE is a clip on the same topic on CBC news.

5. Personal Experience & Video Footage

ufoThere are millions of people out there claiming to have contact with extraterrestrial beings. This has played a large role in spreading the influence of extraterrestrial interest across the world. All of us seem to be naturally fascinated with the unknown, especially when it comes to space. It seems  like human nature.

Neuroscience can now explain what happens to our body when we meditate, but it’s something we all knew to be beneficial before the science. Is extraterrestrial life similar? Is it something we all feel deep down inside, something we don’t need proof for? (Even though the proof is there).

Besides the thousands of videos available on YouTube, there is some very fascinating officially documented UFO footage available for us to see. Click HERE to see raw footage of a UFO showing up in Norway for scientists at their observatory.

Click HERE to see film from the 1991 NASA STS-48 Discovery Space Shuttle mission. It’s some of the best, officially documented UFO footage that’s out there today.

HERE  is a video that made headlines once released. It came from straight front the Mexican Air Force. Do a quick UFO search on youtube and you’ll see many fakes, but many real videos of unknown aerial objects.

Final Thoughts

A few years ago the question was “Do UFOs exist?” Today that question has been answered, and the presence of UFOs performing maneuvers that defy our laws of physics has been well documented. The question has more so shifted to, “Is that an extraterrestrial space craft?”

It’s nothing to fear, in my opinion they’ve been around forever. They have been aware of us long before we have been aware of them. As speculated with our ancient civilizations in Earth’s brief past, perhaps they will one day interact with humanity again. I guess we will see.

Perhaps some groups are concerned about our planet, and come here further pushing the idea that we need to start changing the way we are doing things here. Perhaps one day soon we will find out.

I definitely believe that a good chunk of these UFOs are of extraterrestrial origin. I also believe that many of these crafts are “ours.”

Sources:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/22/nasa-astrobiology-alien-search_n_5860714.html



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Scientists Release First Photos of Proof of Extraterrestrial Life

Scientists Release First Photos of Proof of Extraterrestrial Life

Scientists have always pondered whether or not life exists anywhere else in the universe besides Earth. Now, researchers believe they have discovered visible proof that aliens exist, but the photos might not be what you’d expect.

Professor Milton Wainwright and his team from the University of Sheffield and the University of Buckingham Centre for Astrobiology have discovered a mysterious “dragon-shaped” organism in space, which they claim is an extraterrestrial life form, according to Express.

The organism was discovered in dust and particle matter gathered deep in the Earth’s stratosphere.

Scientists Release First Photos of Proof of Extraterrestrial Life

The “biological entity” is made of carbon and oxygen, which are the essential elements for all lifeforms.

Scientists insist that there’s no way the matter could have blown up into space from our planet, so it must have originated somewhere else in the universe.

The organism was discovered by sending balloons into the stratosphere to collect space particles.

“The photo shows a structure colloquially called ‘the dragon particle’ which scientific analysis shows is made of carbon and oxygen and is therefore not a piece of cosmic or volcanic dust,” Wainwright said.

“This is clearly a biology entity (about 10micron in size), although it is unclear whether it is part of a single organism or is made up of smaller, individual microbes.

“It is certainly unusual and seems to be like nothing found on Earth.

Scientists Release First Photos of Proof of Extraterrestrial Life

“What is amazing is that these organisms appear on the sampling stubs in an absolutely pristine condition.

“There is no pollen, grass or pollution particles found with them, or for that matter soil or volcanic dust.

“Unless a means of lifting them from Earth exists which selectively sieves them out from other Earth-derived debris then they must be incoming from space.

“This, plus the fact that some of the biological material samples by the team produce impact craters when they hit the sampler, confirms their space origin.”

“If our findings are true they will forever alter our view of life and particularly evolution on Earth and we will need to rewrite of our biology textbooks.”

The incredible discovery comes weeks after astronauts said they found traces of life on the surface of the International Space Station (ISS) which orbits Earth.

Wainwright confirmed that particles of DNA from extraterrestrial life are continuously being picked up by earthly organisms and are meshing with their genetic make up.

Obama has yet to confirm if the U.S. will begin sending the entity foreign aid and calling it an “undocumented immigrant” upon entering our Earth’s atmosphere.



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Vatican preparing statement on extraterrestrial life

Pope Francis is reportedly preparing a major world statement about extraterrestrial life and its theological implications. Rosana Ubanell from Voxxi News today reported that due to advances in scientific detection methods for the discovery of extraterrestrial life, Pope Francis wants to be ready with a statement about “First Contact”. Ubanell reports that details have yet to be officially announced but that the Vatican’s interest in extraterrestrial life is well documented through recent astrobiology conferences the Vatican Observatory has sponsored or participated in. Father Guy Consolmagno, a Jesuit astronomer and one of the leading Catholic proponents for preparing for the scientific discovery of extraterrestrial life, on July 18, won the Carl Sagan science medal from the American Astronomical Society. Pope Francis, a fellow Jesuit, regularly consults with Consolmagno and other leading Vatican astronomers about scientific issues. It is likely that Pope Francis is preparing an “Urbi et Orbi” speech – Latin for “to the city [of Rome] and the world” – about First Contact with extraterrestrial life.

The Vatican’s scientific interest in extraterrestrial life was publicly revealed for the first time in May 2008 when the head of the Vatican Observatory, Fr Gabriel Funes, also a Jesuit, gave an interview to the Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano. Funes made a series of startling statements about how extraterrestrial life is likely to be more ethically evolved than humans, and can be welcomed as brothers. In his interview, which was titled “The extraterrestrial is my brother,”Funes said that intelligent extraterrestrial life may not have experienced a ‘fall’, and may be “free from Original Sin … [remaining] in full friendship with their creator.” This makes it possible to regard them as ‘our brothers’ as Funes explained:

Just as there is a multiplicity of creatures on earth, there can be other beings, even intelligent, created by God. This is not in contrast with our faith because we can’t put limits on God’s creative freedom… “Why can’t we speak of a ‘brother extraterrestrial’? It would still be part of creation…

Most importantly, Funes’ statement makes possible the idea that Christianity can be exported to extraterrestrial worlds that have not experienced a ‘fall’ and are free from original sin.

Just over a year after his interview, Funes was the organizer of the first ever Astrobiology Symposium held by Pontifical Academy of Sciences in November 2009. Consolmagno and Funes have ever since played leading roles for the Vatican Observatory in presenting a theological perspective on the discovery of extraterrestrial life. Most importantly, both have been leading advisors to Pope Francis about scientific issues concerning the discovery of extraterrestrial life.

What is likely to be the content of Pope Francis’ upcoming statement or possible “Urbi et Orbi” speech about alien life? An important clue is a forthcoming presentation by Fr. Consolmagno at a September 18-19, 2014, astrobiology symposium organized by NASA and the Library of Congress that is titled: “Preparing for Discovery: A Rational Approach to the Implications of Finding Microbial, Complex or Intelligent Life Beyond Earth.”

Consolmagno is a featured presenter and will discuss the theological implications of discovering alien life. His topic, “Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial?” suggests that Pope Francis agrees that extraterrestrials are capable of the higher ethics involved in understanding the Christian message and becoming Christians.

If Pope Francis is indeed preparing a statement about extraterrestrial life, it is likely to emphasize that there is no incompatibility in Christian teachings with a belief in extraterrestrial life as Fr. Funes proposed in May 2008. More importantly, Pope Francis is likely to emphasize themes of extraterrestrials: not sharing in original sin; being more ethically evolved; and being capable of sharing the Christian message, and being our brothers.

Not all will welcome a statement from Pope Francis advocating extraterrestrials as brothers and worthy of being baptized into the Christian faith. According to Chris Putnam and Tom Horn, authors of ExovaticanaPope Francis I is preparing to lead the Catholic Church to embrace aliens as “brothers in Christ” – reflective of the 1950s and 1960s contactee reports of benevolent “space brothers.” Putnam’s and Horn’s Exovaticana portends a future religious war between those accepting extraterrestrials as “brothers in Christ” and those believing them to be returning demons about to enslave us. Despite the extensive scholarship found in Exovaticana, it unfortunately skews data towards an overly negative assessment of the motivations of extraterrestrial visitors. Thankfully, the Vatican’s evolving public position, as reflected by statements from its leading astronomers, shows a far more enlightened stance on how to consider the discovery of alien life from a theological perspective. A statement or “Urbi et Orbi” speech from Pope Francis expounding on various themes associated with the view that extraterrestrials are potential “brothers in Christ’ is a welcome position to take on a controversial issue with major world significance.



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NASA wants to send a quadcopter drone to Titan

NASA wants to send a quadcopter drone to Titan

NASA wants to search Saturn’s moon Titan for life but they’re having trouble coming up with a good way to cover a large territory and obtain samples. Now they think they may have a good solution: A 22-pound quadcopter that will work from a mothership. After reading about it, it’s a really cool idea.

Larry Matthies—a Senior Research Scientist and the supervisor of the Computer Vision Group, in the Mobility and Robotic Systems Section of the JPL in Pasadena, California—thinks that this may be the only solution that can achieve mission objectives—the search for life or prebiotic chemistry in one of the places in the solar system more likely to have it—safely and at low cost and low risk.

A lander will not cut it because it can’t move. They need to explore this world. A balloon or an airplane can easily move, but they can’t be the solution because they can’t access the surface. And a large, long-range helicopter can work, but it is way too expensive and risky. So he combined all of these ideas and came up with something relatively low cost, low risk, and absolutely logical:

We propose a mission study of a small (< 10 kg) rotorcraft that can deploy from a balloon or lander to acquire close-up, high resolution imagery and mapping data of the surface, land at multiple locations to acquire microscopic imagery and samples of solid and liquid material, return the samples to the mothership for analysis, and recharge from an RTG on the mothership to enable multiple sorties.

Boom. He argues that this is only possible now because of the recent development in robotics and drones here on Earth:

Prior studies have shown the feasibility of aerial mobility on Titan for larger aircraft, from 10 to 400 kg, but none of these studies were in the size range we address and none addressed the daughtercraft, sampling, and recharging scenarios we address.

This concept is enabled now by recent advances in autonomous navigationand miniaturization of sensors, processors, and sampling devices. It revolutionizes previous mission concepts in several ways.

For a lander mission, it enables detailed studies of a large area around the lander, providing context for the micro-images and samples; with precision landing near a lake, it potentially enables sampling solid and liquid material from one lander.

For a balloon mission, it enables surface investigation and sampling with global reach without requiring a separate lander or that the balloon be brought to the surface, which has potential for major cost savings and risk reduction.

And the cool thing is that these drones will be able to fly back to base, return the samples or data, recharge their battery thanks to the nuclear power generator in the mothership, and take off for another flight.

The idea is pretty revolutionary in practice, but not something that we haven’t seen in science fiction movies: Little drones quickly exploring large areas and returning with information to the mothership or base spaceship.

Matthies says that these low cost drones can change not only the exploration of Titan, but any other world. Imagine that Curiosity had a couple of these low cost drones on its back right now. Scientists could quickly fly them to recognize terrain ahead and even retrieve samples to bring back to Curiosity. Then researchers would be able to set new mission objectives according to this information.

And that, my friends, sounds like the future of autonomous planetary exploration to me.

Citizen Hearing On Disclosure

By Foster Gamble

 

Introduction

Are we being visited by ETs? And if so…so what?

My research in living geometry and frontier science led me into the realms of advanced knowledge encoded by ancient cultures and into “new energy” technologies that transcend the understanding of traditional physics. To my great surprise these discoveries compelled me to open my mind to the possibility that we are actually being visited by extra-terrestrials. How does all of this tie together? Let’s see…

I have been shown a vast amount of compelling evidence suggesting that UFOs of extraterrestrial origin (referred to by the military as AVCs — Alien Visitation Crafts, as opposed to ARVs — Alien Reproduction Vehicles, which are man-made advanced anti-gravity craft) exist and have been contacting and communicating with humans for many years — perhaps even centuries. This has huge implications. If other intelligent life is capable of getting here, then there must be ways to not only transcend space-time as we know it, but also to access energy in an abundant way that surpasses the capacity of any energy source currently employed on earth. It implies that we too could get off of fossil fuels, create more sustainable energy systems and go voyaging among the stars.

Unfortunately, my research proves that the UFO phenomenon has been deliberately suppressed by world governments and military powers and in turn dismissed by the public due to ridicule and disinformation. When I explored the facts and distinguished between common myths, hard evidence, and speculation, I found fascinating, paradigm-shifting evidence and insight for the existence of advanced life beyond Planet Earth. It appears that we are not just members of the world, but of the cosmos, and that there is much to be learned from other-worldly civilizations.

Crunching the Numbers

By simply looking at the numbers it seemed to me illogical and arrogant to assume that humans are the only intelligent life. Our sun is only one of about 400 billion stars in our galaxy, the Milky Way, which is approximately 100,000 light years in diameter. The Milky Way is only one galaxy among hundreds of billions in the recognized Universe. What are the odds we’re the only sentient beings?

According to a poll conducted in 2007, roughly one-third of Americans believe in UFOs and 14% say they have seen a UFO.

Recent UFO Disclosure

I was stunned to learn that governments, military officials, pilots, and astronauts are increasingly disclosing information about UFOs.

Citizen Hearing on Disclosure

On April 29–May 3, 2013 in Washington D.C., testimony was given before former members of Congress by researchers, activists, and political, military, and agency representatives from 10 different countries, compiling over 30 hours of testimony on evidence of extraterrestrial visitors in contact with life on earth.

Government Disclosure

The UK Ministry of Defence has released hundreds of UFO files — with thousands of pages of documentation — for the public to see in its National Archives. France has also opened up more than 1,600 UFO cases to the public. And in 2004, Mexico’s Secretary of National Defense authorized the release of UFO video footage from a military aircraft.

Military Disclosure

Steven Greer’s “Disclosure Project” has identified over 400 witnesses from the military and intelligence community — including the CIA, NSA, Air Force, Navy, Marines, and Army — who are willing to testify about their experiences with UFO and ET visitation. At the National Press Club on May 9 of 2001, many ofthese witnesses came forth and provided evidence to the media, asking the American Congress to officially investigate the subject and grant immunity to these witnesses. The issue has since been largely ignored and no further action has been taken by government.

Astronaut Disclosure

Astronaut Edgar Mitchell, the 6th person to walk on the moon, and Gordon Cooper, one of the seven original astronauts in Project Mercury, have both encountered UFOs and spoken out about their experiences.

“I have no doubt that aliens have visited this planet.”

— Edgar Mitchell

“I believe that these extraterrestrial vehicles and their crews are visiting this planet from other planets, which obviously are a little more technically advanced than we are here on Earth.”

— Gordon Cooper

More Compelling UFO Cases

CNN — Larry King Live — UFOs Are They For Real?

Larry King interviews military officials, political figures, and UFO experts about some of the most remarkable UFO sightings.

Footage of UFOs from Mexican Military Plane

Multiple UFO’s were captured on video by Mexican pilots in 2004. Mexico’s Secretary of Defense authorized the release of this video footage.

Phoenix Lights

In 1997 thousands of people in Arizona reported seeing mysterious lights over Phoenix. No official explanation was ever given. It’s one of the biggest UFO sightings in history.

UFOs in Ancient Art

UFOs are not only a recent phenomena. They have been reported and recorded throughout history. Even cave drawings dating back thousands of years depict alien-like figures and flying objects in the sky. This is just a small sampling of UFOs in ancient art. There is some controversy around these images. Of course we can’t know the original experience of the artists, however, the vast number of similar looking alien-figures that appear all around the world, begs the question…could they be ancient alien visitors?

Valcamonica, Italy, c. 8,000 BC

Sahara Desert, North Africa, c. 6,000 BC

Australia, c. 2,000 BC

Utah, 2,000 BC to 500 AD

Abydos, Egypt, c. 1200 BC

Sigiburg Castle, France, 776 AD

Japan, 900 AD

Windsor Castle, England, 1783

Suppression

I became convinced by mountains of reputable testimony that the U.S. government is suppressing critical data about UFOs and ET contact, even as other governments around the world are disclosing more and more information. The American government covers up evidence by denying eyewitness accounts, confiscating military records and video footage, and suppressing information from people who claim to have direct contact with ETs.

Steven Greer, director of the Disclosure Project, suggests that suppression of UFOs is also tied to the oil industry. Because UFOs don’t rely on fossil fuels, the knowledge their capabilities point to threatens to put the oil industry out of business.

Denial of Eyewitness Accounts

A common tactic used by the government and mainstream media to suppress UFO sightings is to deny eyewitness accounts and provide alternative explanations. They frequently point to swamp gases, light aberrations, atmospheric phenomena, weather balloons, misidentified aircraft, and hoaxes. For example, in January of 2008 dozens of witnesses reported seeing a UFO in Stephenville, Texas. Despite compelling witness accounts, the military discounted the event pointing to “optical illusions” and “superior mirages.”

Confiscation of UFO Documentation

If people don’t see compelling pictures or videos of UFOs, then it’s harder to believe. The government knows this, and they have been confiscating important UFO documentation for years.

Suppression of ET Contactees

Some people claim to have direct contact with ETs. Among them are James Gilliland and Lane Andrews, who both had similar, but separate, experiences with ETs. Gilliland and Andrews have been repeatedly harassed by government agencies and closely followed.

Gilliland is the founder of the Enlightened Contact with Extraterrestrial Intelligence (ECETI) organization. For years, he has invited others to his 70-acre retreat in Trout Lake, Washington to witness UFOs where sightings happen frequently. The sightings are documented on his website.

Lane Andrews reports being taken on an ET spacecraft. After the experience she produced very complex drawings of the ship and described that it was propelled by a colorful energy field in the shape of a torus.

Richard Dolan, one of the top UFO researchers thoughtfully explains all the implications that disclosure would have and why it is a “paradox that is impossible but also inevitable.”

Crop Circles

Could UFOs be sharing key information with us through crop circles?

I have been deeply moved by the phenomenon of so-called “crop circles” that have been appearing with greater frequency all over the world for the last twenty years. They are most often found in England near sacred ancient sites but they have also appeared in such countries as the US, Canada, Japan, Australia, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Holland, Russia, and Israel.

While some crop circles are clearly hoaxes, most are remarkably intricate geometric patterns that appear in the middle of the night and are virtually impossible to replicate without taking a great deal of time and leaving traces of the task. Some of the unique features of crop circles that lead me to believe that many of them are of extraterrestrial origin are:

  • The plants are bent in some peculiar way at a 45–90 degree angle at the node junction near the base of the stalk in a spiraling pattern in such a way that they stay alive.
  • Plants within crop circles have longer nodes than those in undisturbed surrounding crops.
  • Reproductive capacities of plants in crop circles are severely altered. Immature crops will often be incapable of producing seeds or produce stunted seedlings while mature crops will often experience a significant increase in growth-rates.
  • Holes are often blown out of nodes on crop circle plants, also referred to as expulsion cavities. This has only been replicated in a lab by heating plants up in a commercial microwave for 20–30 seconds.
  • Many people report malfunctioning of electrical equipment within or around crop circles including photographers, pilots, and nearby residents. It has even been reported that cell phones will sometimes stop functioning within the boundaries of crop circles and work perfectly just outside of them. This suggests that crop circles may be produced by electromagnetic radiation that leaves behind concentrated energy fields.

I believe many of these crop circles may well be communications from advanced civilizations from beyond our planet, who are contacting us with key information about the way energy works in the universe. What more important message could we receive as pollute the air we breathe, fight to take the oil under other people’s land and risk nuclear annihilation of life as we know it on this planet. There is even high level testimony that UFOs are helping protect ourselves from the dangers of our own nuclear weapons.

The fundamental patterns of the torus and the vector equilibrium, the shapes of the primary flow and structure of energy show up in hundreds of crop circles. Could they be showing us a way to access clean, abundant energy? A key to traveling through space-time?

The entities responsible for the genuine patterns are sometimes even more explicit in their communication. In 2001 a crop circle showed up next to the Chilbolton Radio Telescope in England. It appeared to be a response to a transmission message sent out from the Arecibo Radio Telescope in Puerto Rico in 1974. The original message sent from Earth described basic human features such as our number system, important biological elements, DNA structure, shape of the human figure, world population, location of Earth within our solar system, and an image of the Arecibo dish transmitter that was used to send it into space. Crop circles in 2001 appeared to be a response — using the same code, they depicted aliens with larger heads, a different DNA structure, and other relevant information.

Implications and Conclusions

Full disclosure of the ET and UFO phenomena could dramatically transform the quality of life on this planet. It has the potential to alleviate poverty worldwide, by allowing for new energy technologies to emerge, and shifting geo-political power on a massive scale. Right now multiple industries have a vested interest in maintaining secrecy and suppressing UFO evidence — particularly oil, gas, and coal companies. However, if we can expose the suppression, reveal the truth about ET visitation, and further develop new energy technologies that ETs apparently rely on, then we can decentralize power and make massive strides toward a thriving future.

Hundreds of New Exoplanets Validated by Kepler Telescope Team

A trove of 715 planets—all members of multiworld systems—joins the list of Kepler’s finds

 
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The newly validated Kepler planets are all part of multiworld systems with numerous planets orbiting a single star.
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A huge new haul of planets has joined the tally of alien worlds discovered by NASA’sKepler space telescope, scientists announced today. All of the new planets are members of multiplanet systems—stars with more than one orbiting satellite. Researchers used a new method for weeding out false signals from among the candidate planets found by Kepler, allowing them to add hundreds of “validated” planets to the count of Kepler’s finds. “We studied just over 1,200 systems, and from there we were able to validate 719 planets,” says Jason Rowe of NASA Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, Calif., who led the research.* “This is the biggest haul ever.”Kepler launched in 2009 and stopped taking data last year after two of its stabilizingreaction wheels failed. Its relatively short lifetime, however, has already offered up a wealth of discovery, including more than 3,500 planetary candidates as well as 246 worlds confirmed by follow-up observations. The new harvest brings its tally of true planets to over 1,000.

Kepler searches for planets by measuring stellar brightness dips caused when a planet passes in front of a star, briefly dimming the star’s light. This technique, called the transiting method, is more than 90 percent accurate, but sometimes a nonplanet can fool the telescope. One of the most common reasons for a “false positive” is an eclipsing binary—a pair of orbiting stars that sometimes cross in front of one another from our perspective—lying along the same line of sight as the foreground star Kepler is studying. Eclipsing binaries dim when one star passes in front of the other, mimicking the dimming effect a planet would have.

Stars with a single planet can be hard to distinguish from eclipsing binaries. But multiplanet systems are far less likely to be frauds. “It happens, but it’s unlikely that you have two eclipsing binaries in the background of the same star,” says Francois Fressin of the Harvard–Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) in Cambridge, Mass., who was not involved in the study. “That simple fact tremendously increases the odds that they are bona fide planets.” It is also possible to have an eclipsing binary and a star with a planet lying right on top of one another, albeit extremely unlikely. “Based on that argument we started to get into the statistics to see if we can quantify that and see how many we can pull out and say with very good confidence they are validated planets,” Rowe says.

About 20 percent of the candidate planets Kepler finds inhabit systems with multiple worlds. Among this group, Rowe and his colleagues tried to weed out the small number that were likely to be false signals by examining the light signature of the candidate planets. The light from a single planetary system would be centered on one point, the parent star. An eclipsing binary in the background, however, would probably not lie exactly behind the main star, but would be offset by a small distance. When this binary blinks out as one star crosses the other, the center of the light in the field of view should shift over to the side, creating a signature called a moving centroid. “The moving centroids are the ones where we’re fairly sure they are false positives, and then we have a subset, the majority of them, that we are very confident are planetary systems and show no sign of blends,” Rowe says.

The idea that multiplanet systems are easier to validate is not new, and researchers have previously studied how to winnow out the small number of false positives. “I made this argument [in 2011] but now it has been worked out in careful detail,” says David Latham of the CfA. “Jason has done a really nice job.”

The new cache of planets is extremely unlikely to harbor imposters, but they are not “confirmed planets,” in the traditional sense. That requires measuring the parent star’s motion to determine how much the planets’ gravitational tugging causes it to wobble, revealing the planets’ mass. “Even though we can be very confident that these objects are real planets, the only information we have right now on their physical properties is their size (radius) and expected equilibrium temperature (which depends on the distance to their parent star, which is known),” says Guillermo Torres of the CfA.

Among the new trove of planets: a small, potentially rocky world; an odd binary star system where each star has planets of its own; and cramped systems where the multiple planets are each gravitationally tugging one another around. “Of course we have every type of planetary system in our validated set that people can think of, except the perfect Earth analogue,” Rowe says. For now, that remains Kepler’s holy grail.

*Editor’s Note (2/26/14): The tally of 719 exoplanet validations announced in the quote was restated as 715 by the Kepler team shortly after this story was posted.