2010/04/12

Rocky planets 'are commonplace' in our Galaxy

Royal Astronomical Society

Rocky planets 'are commonplace' in our Galaxy

12 Apr 2010, 22:10 UTC
Rocky planets 'are commonplace' in our Galaxy

NASA-JPL / Caltech / T. Pyle (SSC)

An international team of astronomers have discovered compelling evidence that rocky planets are commonplace in our Galaxy. Leicester University scientist and lead researcher Dr Jay Farihi surveyed white dwarfs, the compact remnants of stars that were once like our Sun, and found that many show signs of contamination by heavier elements and possibly even water, improving the prospects for extraterrestrial life. On Tuesday 13th April Dr Farihi will present his results at the RAS National Astronomy Meeting (NAM 2010) in...

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