Sometimes I forget that this blog is about science too. In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past couple of weeks, here’s a couple of links to articles about the discovery of Gliese 581 g, the most Earth-like “Goldilocks” planet discovered so far (not actually named because of this fact but because it’s the sixth planet found in its system. Go figure.). The planet orbits the star Gliese 581 (hence the appellation) and lives right smack dab in the middle of its star’s habitable zone.
Among the neat implications of this find is the idea that many more stars than we think might contain habitable planets – given how quickly (relatively: it still took ten years) Gliese 581 g was found, there could be upwards of billions of Earth-like planets in the galaxy. And of course, the more habitable planets there are, the higher probability that we’ll find one with life… but probably not.