Earthlings: There's new reason to think we don't have as unique a home as we thought.
A mind-blowing study shows the Milky Way is full of billions of planets that are around the same size as Earth, orbit stars similar to our sun, and have climates that are not too hot or too cold for life, the Associated Press reports.
Using NASA data, astronomers calculated for the first time that there are at least 8.8 billion stars with Earth-size planets in the habitable temperature zone in our galaxy.
Of course, the findings beg the question: Is there other "intelligent" life out there?
"In our Milky Way galaxy alone, that's 8.8 billion throws of the biological dice," said Geoff Marcy, a longtime planet hunter at the University of California at Berkeley, who coauthored the study with graduate student Erik Petigura.
Via Associated Press