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coondoggie writes "Astronomers have, since they could see stars a night, tried to figure out how many planets were in the sky — and the latest count from scientists is massive — 100 billion just in our own Milky Way galaxy. A new study by astronomers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) made their estimate while analyzing five planets orbiting a star spotted by NASA's Kepler space telescope." Link to Original Source
No amount of careful planning will ever replace dumb luck.