The Sun is a Star

The Sun is a unique star in one aspect. It is the only star we know of that supports life. However, recent research has identified a number of planets orbiting other stars. There is no direct evidence that any of these planets contain life but at least two of them show signs of water molecules and water is one of the prime ingredients for the creation of life as we know it. The planets discovered so far are behemoths, far bigger than Jupiter. They are gas giants and if they did support life then it would be unlike anything we know of on earth. It is extremely difficult to detect planetary systems but from the simple fact that other planets exist it is not such a leap of the imagination to suggest that there are a myriad of solar systems in our galaxy and that life may exist on several of these. The Suns only claim to uniqueness may yet prove to be transitory.

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