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originally posted by: Asynchrony
There could be more planets in that star system yet discovered. I wonder how many planets a single star can hold. Perhaps dozens.
I can also imagine a massive star like UY Scuti somewhere in the universe (not necessarily in our own galaxy) that could be a sort of "life-center-system" where these alien civilizations who've built their own planet size starships all sort of gather and park their planets in agreeable orbits peacefully beside eachother. A star of that mass could host hundreds of artificial planets.
The probabilities are endless.
originally posted by: gortex
a reply to: MystikMushroom
As far as I'm aware the Universe is around 15 Billion years old and our Galaxy around 10 Billion.
We and our sun are much younger at around 4.5 Bilion.
originally posted by: MystikMushroom
Wait, I thought the further something away from us is, the older it is...then we find a star that's 117 or so light years away that's 11 BILLION years old? How old is our Sun? I'm a little confused and cramped for time. I'll have to read into this more ...
originally posted by: Answer
It's amazing how quickly our views have changed from "the conditions to harbor life are so rare that it may not have happened anywhere else" to "hey, we found another planet today that could have harbored life."
It does almost seem like we're being slowly conditioned to the idea that life is abundant in the universe and it's only a matter of time until we find some.