Billions and billions of ’em!

PARIS — The Milky Way is home to far more planets than previously thought, boosting the odds that at least one of them may harbour life, according to a study released Wednesday.

Not long ago, astronomers counted the number of “exoplanets” detected outside our own solar system in the teens, then in the hundreds. Today the tally stands at just over 700.

But the new study, published in Nature, provides evidence that there are more planets than stars in our own stellar neighbourhood.

“We used to think that Earth might be unique in our galaxy,” said Daniel Kubas, a professor at the Institute of Astrophysics in Paris, and co-leader of the study.

“Now it seems that there are literally billions of planets with masses similar to Earth orbiting stars in the Milky Way.”

3 thoughts on “Planets

  1. Jeeze Suze, you’ve just found the evidence to confirm my long-held belief that when this old body that I have falls apart then there are so many more places that my spirit can go to start anew. Most faiths have books which confirm that (1) the Sprit will never die, and,(2) there’s nothing “new” out there. I like them both and hope to meet folks like you and others here on your blog—-one day?

  2. On Earth, AFAWKT, life started up as soon as it possibly could. That says that getting “life” is easy.

    Then it took about 4 billion years to get from unicellular to multicellular life. That says that multicellular life is HARD.

    So yeah, there’s probably many, many planets with life out there. But most are probably algae and goo.

    I’m not sure what karma you have to have to be reincarnated as a bacterium on one of those planets, but I suspect “being a conservitard wingnut” is a pretty good qualification.

  3. LOL – I’ve often thought there is no doubt life is abundant in the universe. Ever try and permanently get rid of mold and mildew in the shower-tub?

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