Space & Astronomy
Astronomers estimate 100 billion planets
By T.K. Randall
January 7, 2013 · 14 comments
Image Credit: NASA
Recent discoveries have indicated the likelihood that our own galaxy is teeming with planets.
Astronomers at Caltech have concluded that finding planets around stars is the norm, meaning that within our own Milky Way galaxy alone there could be as many as 100 billion planets. The number is so huge that it seems unimaginable that we won't find life somewhere else out there in the vastness of the cosmos.
"It's a staggering number, if you think about it," said lead author Jonathan Swift. "Basically there's one of these planets per star."
Look up at the night sky and you'll see stars, sure. But you're also seeing planets -- billions and billions of them. At least.
Source: Science Daily
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