My God, it's full of dots!
September 26, 2013 8:24 AM Subscribe
New Scientist magazine
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has posted a nifty interactive infographic
that illustrates how many Earth-like planets might exist, based on observations from the Kepler Space Telescope
. The orbital observatory has catalogued 151 exoplanets based on examination of 0.28% of the sky.
"Given that the Milky Way is thought to contain between 100 and 200 billion stars, our best estimate of the total number of such planets in our galaxy is 15 to 30 billion," writes New Scientist
's Adam Becker and Peter Aldhous. (Kepler previously