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Earth Is a 1-in-700 Quintillion Planet

An article in Discovery magazine noted a new study that suggests there are around 700 quintillion planets in the universe, but only one like Earth. The article states:

It's a revelation that's both beautiful and terrifying at the same time. Astrophysicist Erik Zackrisson from Uppsala University in Sweden arrived at this staggering figure—a 7 followed by 20 zeros—with the aid of a computer model. Zackrisson found that Earth appears to have been dealt a fairly lucky hand. In a galaxy like the Milky Way, for example, most of the planets Zackrisson's model generated looked very different than Earth—they were larger, older and very unlikely to support life.
One of the most fundamental requirements for a planet to sustain life is to orbit in the "habitable zone" of a star—the "Goldilocks" region where the temperature is just right and liquid water can exist. [In conclusion], Earth is more than your garden-variety planet.

Of course the article begs a simple question: If we (earth dwellers that is) were "dealt a lucky hand," WHO dealt us the cards? The article doesn't mention God, but it can't avoid language that implies a master card dealer.

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