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Potentially habitable planets are more common than we think

 During its search for planets amongst billions of stars in our galaxy, just how many are possibly habitable? According to astronomers, the answer is much more than we think. Astronomers at UC Berkeley and the University of Hawaii now believe that the odds of a star having a potentially habitable planet is one out of every five.

We define habitable planets by their size. Potentially habitable planets are generally around the same size as Earth and show characteristics of a surface temperature that could sustain life. With the information collected by Kepler, astronomers now think that tens of billions of planets possibly fall into that category.

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