Most life in the universe won’t evolve for another 10 trillion years

In the grand scheme of the cosmos, life on earth might have popped up far sooner than it should have.

A team led by Harvard astronomy department chair Avi Loeb crunched some numbers comparing the size of stars to how soon life should form on the habitable planets that surround them. The team predicts that the odds of life developing around the more common and smaller red dwarf stars will increase drastically in the future. In other words, when it comes to life, maybe we ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

Research suggests planets orbiting red dwarf stars will be more congenial to life, but it won’t evolve for another 10 trillion years. The universe is now 14 billion years old.

So don’t wait up.

Life On Earth May Have Arisen Unusually Early (Ryan F. Mandelbaum/Popular Science)


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