Thousands of planets could support life
BILLIONS of stars in our galaxy, the Milky Way, have between one and three planets which could potentially support life, according to scientists.
Astronomers came to the conclusion after calculating the chances of planets orbiting in the “habitable zone” – the region just the right distance from a parent star to allow mild temperatures and watery oceans.
Danish researcher Steffen Kjaer Jacobsen, from the University of Copenhagen, said: “The indications we have show a good share of the planets in the habitable zone will be solid planets where there might be liquid water and where life could exist.”
The findings are based on data from the American space agency Nasa’s Kepler space telescope, which has confirmed the existence of around 1,000 planets orbiting stars in the Milky Way.