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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.


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