Wednesday, January 2, 2013


From TPM...
The Milky Way contains at least 100 billion planets, or enough to have one for each of its stars, and many of them are likely to be capable of supporting conditions favorable to life, according to a new estimate from scientists at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California (Caltech). 
In fact, the new star census estimate is strictly conservative, according to the Caltech astronomers who developed it after studying the Kepler 32 system. 
“There’s room for these numbers to really grow,” said Jonathan Swift, a Caltech astronomer who is the lead author on a paper on the new findings, in a phone interview with TPM. “They’re not going to shrink.
Think about this for a minute. 100 billion planets in one galaxy.

The estimate of galaxies in the Universe?

350 billion with another 7 trillion dwarf galaxies, whatever those are.

Do the math cuz I can't.

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