Thou­sands of plan­ets could sup­port life

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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.

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