In news that provides some hope that one day we might actually get off this hellbound planet to go f*** up another one, a research team led by astronomer Jonathan Swift is now estimating the Milky Way galaxy contains somewhere between 100 and 200-billion alien planets, at least one of which is capable of supporting human life without spacesuits. Get it? Earth, dummy!
How did Swift and company arrive at this conclusion? By studying the makeup of a planetary system designated Kepler-32, located about 915 light-years from Earth. The system includes five planets, all closely orbiting an M dwarf, a type of star smaller and cooler than our own sun. The planets are very similar to other exoplanets found orbiting other M dwarfs in the past, which made Swift and his colleagues suspect a trend.
About 75 percent of the Milky Way's 100 billion or so stars are M dwarfs like the one in the Kepler-32 system, and the researchers believe many of the other M dwarfs in the galaxy may also host one or more planets. Because the Kepler telescope operates by detecting when a star dims as a planet passes in front of it, it can only see planets from a certain angle, so the researchers calculated how many of the galaxy's M dwarf stars would be at the right angle to show their planets to the telescope. After all that calculation, Swift and company arrived at the 100 billion number.
Wow, if there are that many planets in our galaxy alone, imagine how many planets are in ALL the galaxies in the universe. I'm guessing at least twice that number. "You're an idiot." I SAID AT LEAST.
Thanks to Oreo Flavored Evil Ares: who's so evil when I bit into him he was actually licorice flavored. DOES YOUR EVIL KNOW NO BOUNDS?!