December 11, 2003
New research indicates Earthlike planets might be common. In 44 computer simulations of planet formation near a sun, astronomers found that each simulation produced one to four Earthlike planets, including 11 “habitable” planets about the same distance from their stars as Earth is from our sun.
The simulations show that the amount of water on Earthlike planets could be greatly influenced by outer gas giant planets like Jupiter. The… read more