Or at least Earth-like planets are. NASA’s Kepler space telescope has revealed potentially billions of Earth-like planets within 13 light years of our sun.
Specifically, there are a huge number of sun-like red dwarf stars that have been identified in our galaxy (like 75 billion of them), many with planets orbiting around them. Astronomers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics estimate that six percent of red dwarf stars in the galaxy could hold Earth-like planets. That’s almost 5 billion potential Earth-like planets.
Now that they know where to look, future NASA missions will be able to explore further and test for signs of life.
According to NASA, “Kepler is the first NASA mission capable of finding Earth-size planets in or near the habitable zone.”
Dr. Evil would have fun with this one. Cue Austin Powers dramatic space music…