12 Jan '12, 12am

The Milky Way contains 'billions' of planets, even outnumbering the stars in our galaxy: Study

The Milky Way contains 'billions' of planets, even outnumbering the stars in our galaxy: Study

The Milky Way is home to far more planets than previously thought, boosting the odds that at least one of them may harbour life, according to a study released on Wednesday. -- PHOTO: AP PARIS (AFP) - The Milky Way is home to far more planets than previously thought, boosting the odds that at least one of them may harbour life, according to a study released on Wednesday. Not long ago, astronomers counted the number of 'exoplanets' detected outside our own solar system in the teens, then in the hundreds. Today the tally stands at just over 700. But the new study, published in Nature, provides evidence that there are more planets than stars in our own stellar neighbourhood. 'We used to think that Earth might be unique in our galaxy,' said Daniel Kubas, a professor at the Institute of Astrophysics in Paris, and co-leader of the study.

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