The creature rose to its hind feet, looked upwards at the salmon-coloured skies and roared. The rocks nearby started to shake and dust drifted from the widening cracks. It was unchallenged as the dominant creature of the dominant species on the planet and it would assert this as often as possible. It saw a metallic streak puncture the atmosphere and plunge towards the surface. Calculating its impact point the creature returned to all-fours and galloped to meet the craft. It hadn’t tasted metal before and was keen to see if there was anything edible inside.
Scientists working on the HARPS project at the ESO have announced that there are far more Earth-sized planets in the universe than previously thought. Many within the habitable zone that could give rise to life. They estimate that there about 100 potentially habitable planets orbiting red dwarfs within 30 light-years of Earth. See the press release here: http://www.eso.org/public/news/eso1214/