Select A Region:
Our local neighborhood in the galaxy
(a cube with sides of 1,000ly)
Milky Way galaxy
Select A Probability:
(About as likely that you’d be hit by lightning four times in one year)
(About one in a billion billion)
3 x 10
(About as likely you will win the powerball)
(About one in 10,000)
INTERACTIVE: Life on other planets? What are the odds?
How likely is it that we are the first advanced civilization? Use this graphic to find out.
Choose a cosmic "neighborhood" to play in: just our own local corner, the whole Milky Way, or the whole observable universe
Choose your probability factor: how optimistic or pessimistic are you that advanced life can evolve on other habitable planets?