‘Billions’ of stars in Milky Way have planets that could potentially support life

March 18, 2015 2:16 PM

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Researchers said that the Milky Way galaxy may hold between one and three exoplanets, or planets orbiting stars beyond our own solar system, that could potentially support life. Their conclusions appeared in the scientific journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society on Wednesday.

Astronomers discovered this by calculating the chances of planets orbiting in the “habitable zone,” or the region a certain distance from the parent star that could host watery oceans and mild temperatures. Planets that are too close to the star are too hot to support life and planets too far from t...

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