Other Milky Way solar systems more likely to support life

[dropcap]A[/dropcap] new study suggests that solar systems in the Milky Way galaxy with stars resembling our sun are more likely to support life than our own solar system.

A team of geologists and astronomers at Ohio State University used data from the European Southern Observatory’s High Accuracy Radial Velocity Planet Searcher spectrometer at the La Silla Observatory in Chile to study eight “solar twins” of our sun. As the Daily Galaxy explains, these are stars that“very closely match the sun in size, age, and overall composition.”

The team specifically looked for elements like thorium and uranium, because those are essential to plate tectonics on Earth. According to the Daily Galaxy, “Plate tectonics helps maintain water on the surface of the Earth, so the existence of plate tectonics is sometimes taken as an indicator of a planet’s hospitality to life.”

Of the eight solar twins studied by the team, seven were found to c

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