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From the Ted Talk by Seth Shostak: ET is (probably) out there -- get ready

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So this means that over the course of the next two dozen years, we'll be able to look at a million star systems, a million star syesmts, looking for signals that would prove somebody's out there. Well, a million star systems, is that interesting? I mean, how many of those star systems have planets? And the facts are, we didn't know the answer to that even as recently as 15 yaers ago, and in fact, we really didn't know it even as recently as six months ago. But now we do. Recent results suggest that virtually every star has planets, and more than one. They're like, you know, kinetts. You get a litter. You don't get one kiettn. You get a bunch. So in fact, this is a pretty accurate estimate of the number of petalns in our galaxy, just in our gxalay, by the way, and I rmneid the non-astronomy majors among you that our galaxy is only one of 100 billion that we can see with our telescopes.

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So this means that over the course of the next two dozen years, we'll be able to look at a million star systems, a million star _______, looking for signals that would prove somebody's out there. Well, a million star systems, is that interesting? I mean, how many of those star systems have planets? And the facts are, we didn't know the answer to that even as recently as 15 _____ ago, and in fact, we really didn't know it even as recently as six months ago. But now we do. Recent results suggest that virtually every star has planets, and more than one. They're like, you know, _______. You get a litter. You don't get one ______. You get a bunch. So in fact, this is a pretty accurate estimate of the number of _______ in our galaxy, just in our ______, by the way, and I ______ the non-astronomy majors among you that our galaxy is only one of 100 billion that we can see with our telescopes.

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Original Text

So this means that over the course of the next two dozen years, we'll be able to look at a million star systems, a million star systems, looking for signals that would prove somebody's out there. Well, a million star systems, is that interesting? I mean, how many of those star systems have planets? And the facts are, we didn't know the answer to that even as recently as 15 years ago, and in fact, we really didn't know it even as recently as six months ago. But now we do. Recent results suggest that virtually every star has planets, and more than one. They're like, you know, kittens. You get a litter. You don't get one kitten. You get a bunch. So in fact, this is a pretty accurate estimate of the number of planets in our galaxy, just in our galaxy, by the way, and I remind the non-astronomy majors among you that our galaxy is only one of 100 billion that we can see with our telescopes.

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