WE'RE NOT ALONE: All The Alien Planets Found By NASA's Kepler Space Probe
This is a shot depicting all 1,235 potential alien planets located by the Kepler space probe to date. The planets are actually just the tiny black dots though, the big balls are the stars they orbit, to scale. So, how many do you think are hosts to alien life? "ALL OF THEM -- EVERY SINGLE ONE!!" God you're a f***ing spaz.
The illustration shows all of Kepler's candidate planets -- which await confirmation by follow-up observations -- crossing the face of their host stars. This provides scale, and it's also a nod to Kepler's planet-hunting strategy: The spacecraft detects alien worlds by measuring the telltale dips in a star's brightness that occur during these planetary "transits."
To date, Kepler has discovered 1,235 possible planets, with 54 of those candidates located within the so-called "Goldilocks zone" -- that just-right range of distances around a star in which liquid water could exist on a planet's surface.
Based on the amazing wealth of planet candidates from Kepler, astronomers have estimated that our Milky Way galaxy could hold as many as 50 billion alien planets, with 2 billion of those perhaps being about the size of Earth.
50 billion planets IN OUR GALAXY ALONE? I can't even fathom that. "Pfft, you can't even fathom making change for a dollar." OMG COINS ARE SO COMPLICATED.
Thanks to Mr. Fancy, who only hopes aliens dress as fine as he does.