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500 million planets in the galaxy may support life

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Extrapolating data from the Kepler telescope has led to some remarkably large sums. There are at least 50 billion planets in the Milky Way. Of these planets at least one in every hundred is in the Goldilocks zone, so called as it is ‘not too hot and not too cold’… and so 500 million planets in this galaxy alone may be able to support life.

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Read more over at AP

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  1. Joff #

    Do you have a source for the 1 in a hundred claim? Maybe from an official website? It just seems an awful lot!!

    February 20, 2011
  2. admin #

    I don’t, I got the number from dividing 50 billion by 500 million, the sources do seem to be good though…

    February 20, 2011
  3. admin #

    Still haven’t seen the source paper but it is being described as a conservative estimate in other periodicals, though I think that is about the low estimate of how many exoplanets there are…
    http://uk.io9.com/5765377/our-galaxy-is-home-to-more-than-50-billion-planetsand-500-million-habitable-ones

    February 21, 2011
  4. Fuzzbutt #

    Just being in the goldilocks zone doesn’t mean they’re likely to support life. The chemistry, general composition, orbit, and size are also factors.

    February 21, 2011
  5. admin #

    … that’s why the article says ‘may be able to support life’, of course other factors effect it, but that isn’t the interesting point is it… and let’s not forget how resilient life is, we’re constantly surprised to find it in some of the most inhospitable places.

    February 21, 2011
  6. damn datz crazy thats how were still surviving in thiz planet

    April 25, 2012
  7. admin #

    apologies I don’t speak jive

    May 12, 2012
  8. Wes #

    Excellent picture. Most scientists now believe that the universe is teeming with life. Supposedly our planet is located in an area within our galaxy that is considered in the “wilderness” of space. It is said that these other civilizations consider us the “children” and have basically left us alone. Carl Sagan was a genius. When he said “we are made of star stuff” he was right. The hydrogen in our bodies was made mainly shortly after the Big Bang. All the other elements (above helium) were synthesized in the cores of past stars that went supernova and spewed them into space. Even our sun is a second, maybe third generation star. In other words, if you could trace that oxygen atom you just breathed in a moment ago, you’d find it somewhere on early earth. Before that it was going about the nebula from whence our solar system formed. Before that it was just exploded from a super-giant star that went supernova. And before that, it had just been created by fusion inside the core of that star. We are made of star stuff and so are countless other life forms in the universe.

    July 26, 2012
  9. Kukulcan #

    2013-2032 Katun 13-Ahau. This is a time of total collapse where everything is lost. It is the time of the judgment of God. There will be epidemics and plagues and then famine. Governments will be lost to foreigners and wise men, and prophets will be lost.

    August 9, 2012
  10. admin #

    Oooh dear that doesn’t sound too good, do explain more Westley!

    August 9, 2012
  11. Wes #

    Essentially, the cycle of thirteen katuns was for the Maya a kind of mundane astrology, not an astrology of the individual, but of the society and its history. In the several books of Chilam Balam, the influences of the thirteen katuns are stated, usually as a description of historical events that occurred during previous cycles. It becomes clear to the reader, however, that the Maya always expected history to repeat itself and it is also obvious that the ancient Maya were not very optimistic about their fate. Most of these “fates” are negative, but then this may have been was how life was for them. The prophecy above is taken from the Book of Chilam Balam of Chumayel. If you look back at the prophecies you will see that many of them correlate with our past in astonishing detail.

    August 24, 2012
  12. Wes #

    War and unrest in the ancient Mesopotamia region is just the begining of the greater conflicts to come. 2012 is not the end but rather the begining of the end.

    2013-2032 Katun 13-Ahau. This is a time of total collapse where everything is lost. It is the time of the judgment of God. There will be epidemics and plagues and then famine. Governments will be lost to foreigners and wise men, and prophets will be lost.

    Mother Shipton 1488-1561
    When pictures seem alive with movements free,
    when boats like fishes swim beneath the sea.
    When men like birds shall scour the sky.
    Then half the world, deep drenched in blood shall die.

    Sybilline Oracle 20 BC (the 10th gen started in 2000 AD)
    These things in the tenth generation shall come to pass: The earth shall be shaken by a great earthquake which will throw many cities into the seas. There shall be war. Fire shall come flashing down from the heavens and many cities will burn. Black ash shall fill the great sky. Then, know the anger of the Gods.

    There are many more prophecies pointing to our timeframe as the last…

    October 4, 2012

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