A brand new research says that there could possibly be as many as six billion Earth-like planets orbiting stars in our Galaxy. The research carried out by the College of British Columbia was printed in The Astronomical Journal.
In accordance with the research carried out by College of British Colombia astronomers utilizing knowledge from NASA’s Kepler mission, there could also be as many as one Earth-like planets for each 5 Solar-like stars within the Milky Means Galaxy.
“Our Milky Means has as many as 400 billion stars, with seven per cent of them being G-type,” Jaymie Matthews, an astronomer on the College of British Columbia, and co-author of a brand new research stated in an announcement.
In accordance with a launch by the College of British Columbia, to be thought-about Earth-like, a planet have to be rocky, roughly Earth-sized and orbiting Solar-like stars. The planet additionally has to orbit within the liveable zones of its star.
Michelle Kunimoto, co-author of the brand new research added, “Estimating how frequent totally different sorts of planets are round totally different stars can present vital constraints on planet formation and evolution theories, and assist optimize future missions devoted to discovering exoplanets.”