Earth-like planets are widespread in the universe

It had previously been thought that planets were more likely to form around stars with a high content of heavier elements. But a new study led by researchers at the Centre for Star and Planet Formation (STARPLAN) shows that small planets can form around very different types of stars including those that are relatively poor in heavy elements. This significantly increases the likelihood that Earth-like planets are widespread in the universe. The results have been published in the scientific journal, Nature.

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