"There are around 700 quintillion planets in the universe, but only one like Earth."

Computer simulation seems to indicate that there is only one Earth in the galaxy

#Space

Sun, Feb 28th, 2016 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

A computer simulation performed by Astrophysicist Erik Zackrisson from Uppsala University in Sweden, seems to indicate that earth-like planets capable of hosting life are far from common. If anything, the results seem to indicate that planet Earth is a "mild statistical anomaly" and that, "from a purely statistical standpoint, Earth perhaps shouldn’t exist."

One of the most fundamental requirements for a planet to sustain life is to orbit in the “habitable zone” of a star — the “Goldilocks” region where the temperature is just right and liquid water can exist. Astronomers have, to this point, discovered around 30 exoplanets in the habitable zones of stars. Simply extrapolating that figure based on the known number of stars suggests that there should be about 50 billion such planets in the Milky Way alone. Probability seems to dictate that Earth-twins are out there somewhere.

But according to Zackrisson, most planets in the universe shouldn’t look like Earth. His model indicates that Earth’s existence presents a mild statistical anomaly in the multiplicity of planets. Most of the worlds predicted by his model exist in galaxies larger than the Milky Way and orbit stars with different compositions — an important factor in determining a planet’s characteristics. His research indicates that, from a purely statistical standpoint, Earth perhaps shouldn’t exist.

  781

 

You may also be interested in:

How Planets Can be Terraformed
The Camera on NASA's New Horizons Probe
The Solar System, to Scale, in the Nevada Desert
"Present-day life is actually premature from a cosmic perspective."
TED ED Animation Explaining the Life of an Astronaut