Gazillions of planets are no surprise, but an infinite universe is

Last week, two celestial revelations made headlines. One was popular with the public, the other astonished astronomers.

The popular announcement, picked up by all the mass media, involved an article published in the journal Nature and a news release by the American Astronomical Society. Both reported that there are more planets than stars in our galaxy.

More planets than stars: This is a concept to which the public could truly relate. Everyone knows what a planet is, since we live on one. Everyone also . . .


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