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More planets than stars found in the Milky Way
by staff writer , 2012.01.20
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We previously posted to the CCF website an article about the number of stars in the universe. More stars than grains of sand in the world mentioned the studies of Dr. Simon Driver, who has guessed at the number of stars we can see...and can only guess at the ones we're not seeing.

Ever tried counting the stars in the sky?On January 11th, the news was that we actually could have more planets than stars in the Milky Way!

Three studies released Wednesday, in the journal Nature and at the American Astronomical Society’s conference in Austin, Texas, demonstrate an extrasolar real estate boom. One study shows that in our Milky Way, most stars have planets. And since there are a lot of stars in our galaxy — about 100 billion — that means a lot of planets. (AP)

Dr. Driver's studies have us thinking that there are more stars than grains of sand in the world. Does that mean we could actually have more planets than grain of sand in the world?

Several hundred never before seen galaxies are visible in this "deepest-ever" view of the universe, called the Hubble Deep Field (HDF), made with the Hubble Space Telescope. Copyright: Robert Williams and the Hubble Deep Field Team (STScI) and NASA Additional links to the story:



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