Out of roughly 100 billion stars in the Milky Way galaxy, a new analysis of Kepler data shows that around 17 percent of them have Earth-sized planets orbiting them, meaning there could be as many as 17 billion Earth-sized worlds. Kepler’s mission is to find and document Earth-sized planets at greater distances. The more planets discovered with Earth-like orbits in the habitable zone, the greater the chances of extraterrestrial life.
Being a similar size to Earth isn’t the only qualification for a life-sustaining planet, there are other criteria…
#5. Does it contain the essentials elements for building and sustaining life (carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen and phosphorus – arguably iron as well.)?
#4. Is it nice and warm during parts of the year and a little chillier during other parts of the year?
#3. Are there little people all making noises, yelling, waving and holding big signs saying “this speck contains life”? (ala Horton Hears a Who) #2. Is it pristine and beautiful and does it contain enough inner wealth so we might lay it to waste in an orgy of self indulgence?
WikiPedia says: A supermoon is the coincidence of a full moon or a new moon with the closest approach the Moon makes to the Earth on its elliptical orbit, resulting in the largest apparent size of the moon’s disk as seen from Earth.
The next occurrence will be on 23 June 2013. This full moon will not be only the closest and largest full moon of the year. It also presents the moon’s closest encounter with Earth for all of 2013. The moon will not be so close again until August, 2014.
So, what you’re saying is, the moon will be closer and look larger than at any other time this year? Got it.
But really… we need to work on a name. “Supermoon” is a little too pedestrian for this colossus in the sky…
Suggested names for the Super Moon…
#5. Moon du Souper.
#4. Big Cheese?
#2. No larger than usual, but appearing larger than usual moon.