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Milky Way may have 100
billion planets

United Press International, by Staff

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Posted By:JoniTx, 1/3/2013 11:00:36 PM

PASADENA, Calif.- U.S. astronomers say a study suggests planets are in fact the cosmic norm and estimate the Milky Way galaxy contains at least 100 billion planets. A team of astronomers at the California Institute of Technology made the estimate while analyzing planets orbiting a star called Kepler-32, worlds they say are representative of the vast majority in the galaxy and are a perfect case study for understanding how most planets form. Kepler-32´s planets were detected by the Kepler space telescope, and the researchers have analyzed the five-planet system and compared it to other systems found


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Japanorama, 1/3/2013 11:11:51 PM     (No. 9097484)


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Reply 2 - Posted by: smcchk, 1/3/2013 11:20:07 PM     (No. 9097492)

Is there a planet with just conservatives, please?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: mackrand, 1/4/2013 12:23:36 AM     (No. 9097572)

Sure #2, there are even a few with just liberals but you don´t want to go there as they are all in flames, with big piles of rubbish, and big signs in orbit saying "No Guns Allowed!"

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Reply 4 - Posted by: jeff100, 1/4/2013 1:58:07 AM     (No. 9097616)

To me, it seems like only about 50 billion or so.....

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Reply 5 - Posted by: 4Justice, 1/4/2013 2:50:40 AM     (No. 9097629)

That is one fattening Milky Way!!

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Trigger2, 1/4/2013 3:44:03 AM     (No. 9097647)

All this makes me conclude ET is real.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: miceal, 1/4/2013 4:50:00 AM     (No. 9097690)

If "they" are just making up a number, why not 100 "gazillion?"

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Reply 8 - Posted by: planetgeo, 1/4/2013 5:24:09 AM     (No. 9097703)

Indeed, why not make up an incomprensibly large number? I propose "one Obamillion", a number so large that no one even dares ask how big it is.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: clayusmcret, 1/4/2013 6:33:33 AM     (No. 9097740)

By comparison, this 100 billion planets would be only .625% of our federal debt. Not 62%, 0.625%.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: mickturn, 1/4/2013 9:04:36 AM     (No. 9098010)

A guess...what about all the other billions and billions of galaxies?

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Reply 11 - Posted by: cb, 1/4/2013 9:16:14 AM     (No. 9098042)

#5 LOL!

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Reply 12 - Posted by: bob913, 1/4/2013 9:31:50 AM     (No. 9098084)

BTW we are the 3rd rock from the Sun.... : )

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Straitpath, 1/4/2013 9:45:23 AM     (No. 9098110)

Worlds without number have I, said The Lord.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: veritas, 1/4/2013 10:38:13 AM     (No. 9098237)

Frank Drake, please call your office.

There are a lot of messages for you.

[Find the Hubble Ultra-Deep-Field image, and read up on what it´s about. Very interesting. Very.]

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Reply 15 - Posted by: BigGeorgeTX, 1/4/2013 4:20:02 PM     (No. 9098809)

It seems everything to astronomers numbers in the billions. Once again using weasel words like suggest, may and might. More research money please. /s

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Reply 16 - Posted by: kono, 1/8/2013 10:53:50 AM     (No. 9104860)

That would be ´billyuns and billyuns´ in Saganesque speech.

And you can bet that Democrats would feel entitled to tax the snot out of every last one of ´em...

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