Christian Astrophysicist Discovers New Planet Size of Seven Earths Using Kepler Spacecraft Data

DALLAS, Texas — Using data from the Kepler spacecraft, a Christian astrophysicist in Texas has discovered a new planet the size of seven Earths orbiting the star KPLR 7826659.


Dr. Jason Lisle, the director of physical sciences at the Dallas-based Institute for Creation Research, made the announcement on May 4 after analyzing a measurable drop in the host star’s brightness during a period in which the planet crossed in front of the celestial body.

“The way it works is a planet will occasionally cross directly in front of its star as seen from Earth, and that causes a slight drop in the star’s brightness because the planet is essentially casting its shadow on the Earth,” he told Christian News Network. “Kepler can measure that drop in brightness, and that tells us the size of the planet relative to its star.”

The Kepler spacecraft had been launched in 2009 for the purpose of researching stars in the Milky Way, as well as their exoplanets. Using a photometer, Kepler records the brightness of more than 145,000 stars and transmits the data to Earth.

Lisle explained that in utilizing the information, thousands of planets have been discovered orbiting stars—a number of which he independently corroborated during the course of his research.

But while KPLR 7826659 had been marked as a “potential candidate” in the Kepler archives, nothing had yet been published to confirm that there was indeed a planet orbiting the bright light.

“That’s what made this one very exciting for me as I’m apparently the first to confirm that there is a real planet orbiting that star,” he stated.

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Lisle, who reported the find to Planet Hunters, said that the discovery was also fascinating because it defies secular reasoning that large planets do not orbit in close proximity to their host star.

“Secularists expect that Jupiter-size planets can only form far away from their star, … and yet this planet is almost as big as Jupiter—not quite—and yet it’s orbiting very close to its star contrary to secular expectations, but perfectly consistent with the diversity that the Lord has built into His universe,” he outlined.

The nationally-recognized creation speaker noted that researchers have only “scratched the surface” of the vastness of God’s handiwork.

“Current technology would only allow us to discover a planet like this if it happens to cross directly in front of its star,” Lisle explained. “Presumably there are many other stellar systems that are tilted—relative to ours—and so the planets never cross in front of their star, and those remain undetected at the moment.”

“It just shows you that God has a lot of gems out there that are yet to be discovered,” he said.

Isaiah 40:26 reads, “Look up and see: who created these? He brings out the starry host by number; He calls all of them by name. Because of His great power and strength, not one of them is missing.”

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  • Colin Rafferty

    It’s great that he discovered another extra-solar planet. I’m just not sure what point he’s making about “Hot Jupiters”. We know of about 150 already. In fact, the first extra-solar planet discovered was a Hot Jupiter.

    • Sisyphus

      Curious if any of the possible life forms on this new planet have access to the same literature; and if not, are they adamant their version is the only correct source?

    • TheKingOfRhye

      Weren’t the first extra-solar planets to be discovered mostly the size of Jupiter, and close to their star, like this one is?

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  • mikegillespie

    The great Kepler himself was a Christian, as were most of the early scientists. Instead of his discoveries leading him to doubt the existence of God, Kepler found his faith deepening the more he learned about the cosmos. I wonder if the indoctrination centers that go by the name “public schools” even bother to teach kids that many of the greatest scientists, including many who are living, are Christians. All they ever hear about are Galileo and the Scopes trial, which is a severely limited view of history.

    • radicalrepublican

      Amen. The Scientific Revolution happened in Catholic/Christian Europe.

    • Sisyphus

      Kepler also dealt in astrology, so it appears he favored multiple forms of superstition.

      • mikegillespie

        Well, that settles it. He was wrong about astrology, so he was wrong about everything else.

        Gosh, you’re so smart.

        • Sisyphus

          Hmm, did I say Kepler was wrong about anything? Only that he gravitated toward two different superstitions, astrology and religion. His mathematics and astronomy we’re obviously foundational to what science knows now.

    • Colin Rafferty

      There is nothing anti-religious about science — it’s all about trying to understand how the universe actually works. We make predictions, and test those predictions, and if our tests contradict our prior assumptions, we change those assumptions. That’s science.

      So, for example, before we found any extra-solar planets, we didn’t think that Jupiters could form so close to their suns. But we also had very little data to go by. Now we know that it can happen, or at least, that we can end up with Hot Jupiters. And we revise our theories accordingly. That’s science.

      What makes it science is that when we learn new evidence that disproves part of the theory, we change the theory to match all the evidence, rather than pretending the evidence doesn’t exist. See, for example, plate tectonics or the infection theory of ulcers.

      • Chet

        And to think creator God Almighty made it all happen…

    • james blue

      “as were most of the early scientists”

      You sure about that? Even if we just limit it to astrology the subject predates Christianity by millennia

      • mikegillespie

        Tell us which astrophysicists predated Christianity.

        Name names.

        • james blue

          The ancient Egyptians, Mayans, Greeks, Chinese, India, the middle east. Astrology has been around a few millennia, Christianity only 2
          Biology, chemistry, medicine etc. also started way before 1 AD

          • mikegillespie

            So there were Mayan astrophysicsts?

            Tell us their names. The world is waiting.

          • james blue

            Are you deliberately being obtuse or is it natural?

          • Sisyphus

            “Biology, chemistry, medicine etc. also started way before 1 AD”

            Not from an ethnocentric perspective of Western Judeo-Christian parochialism.

    • chronicintel

      A scientist’s religious beliefs isn’t what really matters or endures in the scientific community, it is their discoveries. 100 years from now, it will be Dr Lisle’s planetary discovery that will be remembered, not the fact that he works for a pseudo-scientific organization or is a young-earth creationist.

  • Croquet_Player

    ‘“Secularists expect that Jupiter-size planets can only form far away
    from their star, … and yet this planet is almost as big as Jupiter—not
    quite—and yet it’s orbiting very close to its star contrary to secular
    expectations, but perfectly consistent with the diversity that the Lord
    has built into His universe,” he outlined.’ There is no “secularist” position on planets.

    • Grace Kim Kwon

      There are. Secularists want the universe to have happened instead of having been created by God. They want specific models to fit their godless premises to set in. Data keep betraying them. Why? Because the world was created by the Creator God against the secularists’ godless fantasies. Secularists must give up their Anti-God premises and look into the universe with honesty and humility. Atheists lack honesty and humility, and that’s why they never find the truth or life. By repentance and the faith in Jesus, man can be saved. Watching the stars is as futile as watching the passer-byers through a pet shop’s windows. They are not reachable, but God accepts repentance and the faith and saves sinners.

      • The Peanut Gallery

        Croquet_Player is right. There is no “secular” reasoning on exoplanet orbits and there is no biblical creationist prediction for exoplanets of ANY kind.

        • Grace Kim Kwon

          Bullies do not know how bullying they are to Christians. You must read the Holy Bible to regain your hamity. You must repent of your sin to get saved. Read John chapters 1-3 toi find your Saviour.

          • The Peanut Gallery

            Just because someone tells you the truth doesn’t mean they’re a bully. I’ve read the bible several times through cover to cover. Nothing in there about exoplanets!

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            It talks out heavenly bodies. Planets are part of heavenly bodies.

      • Croquet_Player

        I’m sorry Grace, but you’re simply wrong. There is no “secularist” position on planets at all.

        • Grace Kim Kwon

          Atheists bully the believers in academia. Atheists need honesty, humility, and fairness. No God = No goodness.

          • The Peanut Gallery

            Academics value demonstrable truth. Christians value their unsubstantiated belief. If asserting the truth is “bullying,” so be it!

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Atheists silence the Christians. They can’t stand the thought of humanity’s moral responsibility before God because they desire to continue to kill the unborns and make money out of their body parts. Wake up.

          • The Peanut Gallery

            Grace take your meds

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Atheists desire manual population control by murdering the unborn children; it’s a universal fact. Mankind do not cherish life apart from God.

          • Croquet_Player

            I think we are all well aware of your personal animosity towards people who don’t share your religious views. But that doesn’t change the fact that there is no “secularist” position on planets.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Secularists deliberately eliminate the possibility of the Creator God’s creation work and congratulate their own godlessness for being stupid and bully anyone who acknowledge God and silence them. It’s a fact. Psalm 14. That’s why their product is only mostly destructive upon the earth. Man needs God to be good.

          • Croquet_Player

            “Secularists deliberately eliminate the possibility of the Creator God’s
            creation work and congratulate their own godlessness for being stupid
            and bully anyone who acknowledge God and silence them. It’s a fact.” They really don’t. And it’s most certainly not a “fact”.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            They do. If you voice yourself as a scientist who honors God in the academia, you will experience the reality immediately. You also lose your job and position just by expressing the beliefs in God. Christians pray for non-believers’ salvation, but the secularists only ridicule the Christians. That’s the difference.

          • Croquet_Player

            Now you’re just lying. It is illegal to fire anyone, scientists included, simply because of their faith. Don’t lie Grace, it’s wrong, and you know it.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            There are cases and testimonies. In West’s colleges, people can’t be even educated to be counsellors and government officials unless they endorse homosexual depravity. So it’s practically No-go zones for Christians. Something is deadly wrong with the Western culture in recent decades. It used to be just orgies, but today abnormal depravity is such a citizen’s duty. Nazism is also by immorality instead of just Darwinism this century.

      • centurion2065

        Wow. You people are truly idiots. Grow the hell up.

  • drbauder1

    Christianity is NOT contradictory to rigorous science. Millions of Christian scientists going quietly about their cutting edge research without worry about the absurd notion that what they find will threaten God every day.
    Unlike this pathetic scribbler who feels it is his jo

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Thank God for the universe!! We live in a wonder-world of our great glorious Creator God! Kepler was Christian like most other pioneer scientists of the Western Christendom (therefore the entire planet). Both the macro world( the universe) and the micro world look infinite, yet God explained everything. We know who He is and what He wants of us. Praise the Lord!!

    “He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God? …This is the work of God, that you believe in Him (Jesus Christ) whom He sent.” (Micah 6, John 6)

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Because if “one of them is missing” at all, the entire structure could collapse. Praise God for His perfectly-tuned physical world!! Our present world is composed with so much, I wonder what the other world’s meterials are made of? I Corinthians 15. So happy nothing out in the space is as beautiful or complicated or worthy as any single human baby is. Man cannot afford to gaze into the skies 24 hours a day. If mankind were truly struck with awe at discovering things in the universe, they’d honor God and cherish every single human baby in womb.

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    3) Maybe American Sodomites are aliens from some other planets from the outer space who came to destroy the USA, because they don’t resemble their forefathers at all, and if the USA is crippled, all nations suffer and the Earthlings become submissive to bad guys again.
    May the Lord spare the Planet Earth from the reign of United States of Sodom. Good Christian Americans are the real Americans who live out the American dream. Godliness is the American dream.

  • Anand

    Dr. Lisle is deceived. Kepler spacecraft data is completely artificial and this data was planted so that “a Christian Astrophysicist” could uncover it. We don’t live on a round spinning ball. We live on a flat earth with a dome firmament over top. There’s no such thing as outer space.

    • Sisyphus

      From a solipsistic point of view, a sphere or plane is merely the perception of one’s mind.

    • Olaf van Kooten

      The fact people in the southern hemisphere can’t see Polaris means Earth cannot be a flat disk.

  • Олег Донец

    Lies. Planets doesn’t exist.

  • Bill Ludlow

    Why no mention about how many light years away the planet is? 😉

  • electedbyHim

    Col 1:16 For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities–all things have been created through Him and for Him.
    Col 1:17 He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.