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Re: Life In Alpha Centauri System

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Posted by Ben Emerson /">Ben Emerson on May 17, 1998 14:52:25 UTC

Contrary to popular belief, the chances of life existing in this system are extremly low, lower than usual. Here's why: 1. The probability of any planets at all in the system isn't very high because it is a multiple star system, and the planets, if it were stable enough for them to form in the first place, would be thrown into one of the stars or into outer space very quickly. 2. The probability of life developing on any planets that did exist is slim because the orbit would be an elliptical, resulting in an unstable enviroment for life. Also it would be EXTREMLY, INCEDIBLY unlikely for life to develop so close to Earth, kind of like having two needles right next to each other in a haystack the size of the sun. Not very probable.

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