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We’ve Got Lots of Company

As our ability to detect smaller extrasolar planets gets better, we’re finding that our galaxy “teems” with Earthlike planets.

The Hubble Space Telescope has discovered a trove of fast-moving “candidate” planets in a narrow region near the very center of the Milky Way, and astronomers say there must be billions more of them — including many like Earth that orbit their suns in so-called “habitable” zones.

I’m willing to bet that few of them are inhabited by aliens who look just exactly like humans except for forehead ridges or pointy ears, though.

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Posted in News, Science, Space October 6th, 2006 by Chip
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