There are about billions of stars in our galaxy. But
how would you even begin to estimate the odds of life?
In the 1960’s Frank Drake came up with a way of breaking
the process in to pieces. Start with the number of stars.
Then estimate the fraction of stars with planets. Then the
fraction of planets that are earth-like. And so on.
Try it yourself. Use our Drake Equation interactive below
to make your own estimate, and compare it against the estimates