January 23, 2014

Milky Way Has Billions of Earth-Like Planets and Intelligent Civilizations are everywhere!

On November 4, 2013, scientists from the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Hawaii, Manoa released a new study on the frequency of Earth-like planets in the Milky Way.

By analyzing data from the Kepler Space Telescope and the M.W. Keck Observatory, they have determined that 22% of yellow stars(like our own sun) have a rocky, Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone. There are at least 40 billion yellow stars in the Milky Way, so that equates to 8.8 billion rocky planets in the habitable zone.

But that is only for yellow stars. Red dwarf stars are the most common type of star, and they account for about 75% of the stars in our galaxy. A study released earlier in 2013 found that about 6% of red dwarfs host a rocky planet in the habitable zone.

According to Geoff Marcy, co-author of the new study, when you combine these numbers, you get an estimate of 40 billion Earth-sized, rocky planets in the habitable zone. 40 billion! Of course, not all of these planets are going to be exactly like Earth. But with 40 billion possibilities, it is a safe bet that the number of planets like Earth, with water and life, is well into the billions.

And remember, that's only the Milky Way. There are at least 200 billion other galaxies in the Universe. 40 billion x 200 billion = 8,000,000,000,000,000,000,000.

So what these studies make clear is that Earth-like planets are very common.

Life is everywhere. Intelligent civilizations are everywhere.

The Universe is a home for life. That is the whole point. It is a place for life and consciousness to grow.

This knowledge will have a profound, mind-expanding effect on our humble Earth society. It no doubt will stimulate our curiosity about what is out there, and open our minds to the possibility of meeting people from another planet in the not-too-distant future.

 

2 comments:

  1. What amazes me is that common sense is all that is needed to solve this equation. How preposterous would it be to think we could possibly be the only planet that can sustain life in a universe with billions of galaxies? The arrogance that would be involved to ignore that is unfathomable to me, yet it exist in the minds of many. Never mind these facts, A. There is more than one universe, B. Not every planet has to have Earth like atmosphere to sustain life.

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  2. I my Self LOVE the arguments that state that interstellar travel takes too much time and energy.
    Well, SURE it does if you are using Our limited science and methods of propulsion with Out worm hole theory, or higher vibration which lowers mass, etc etc.

    I want to say some thing silly like, this isn't Rocket science guys. But the morons will retort with, Yes it IS.
    When actually.... It Reeeeally ISN'T! LOL.

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