Space is big. Really really big. You just won’t believe how vastly hugely mindbogglingly big it is… so it’s a tribute to the incredibly clever science that exoplanet hunters use that after just a year of searching, they’ve turned up seven worlds orbiting alien stars that could possibly support life. They’re not even too far away–all seven are within our own galaxy, the Milky Way.
The search is part of the Habitable Exoplanets Catalog, a multinational effort that uses space databases from many different sources to try to detect alien planets around alien stars that could be the home to, well, aliens. The effort has been underway for a year now, and to celebrate the anniversary the team has announced its discovery of these seven planets. According to the team, finding seven likely candidates in just the HEC‘s first year is an incredible achievement that beattheir