Galaxies may be churning out planets at an astounding rate, but astronomers now know that they don't need to look for planets with moons in order to determine if a planet may harbor life--they've decided that moons are no longer needed. This means that the universe may be teeming with living planets.
Eight years ago, astronomer Jacques Laskar showed that the against the strong gravity pull of the huge outer planet Jupiter. He calculated that without the moon, Jupiter's influence would cause huge climate swings, making it hard for life--especially intelligent life--to survive. The result made many scientists assume that complex life is rare in the universe, since Earth's large moon is thought to have come from the debris of a freak collision between a Mars-sized planet and Earth. Less than 10% of Earth-sized planets are likely to experience such a trauma, which is why large moons are rare. But they've now changed their minds.
In New Scientist, David Shiga quotes NASA's Jack Lissauer as saying, "There could be a lot more habitable worlds out there."
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