Wednesday, April 13, 2011

SkyNews May/June arrived

The May/June issue of SkyNews magazine arrived in my mailbox today. I found it after work.

The feature article is entitled Planets of Other Suns. Oooh. Lookin' forward to that.

This whole burgeoning field in astronomy is utterly fascinating to me. The Milky Way, it is estimated, to have 200 to 400 billion stars. Let's split the difference. That should also account for that some stars would not harbour worlds. And let's say that, on average, there are 10 planets in each of those solar systems. So that's around 3 trillion planets. And that's very cool.

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