50 billion planets in the Milky Way?

This Aug. 6, 2010 photo shows the Milky Way above wind turbines near Lake Benton and Hendricks, Minn. Scientists have estimated the first cosmic census of planets in our galaxy, and the numbers are astronomical, with at least 50 billion planets in the Milky Way. At least 500 million of those planets are in the not-too-hot, not-too-cold zone where life could exist, scientists announced Saturday. The numbers were extrapolated from the early results of NASA's planet-hunting Kepler telescope.

Monday

GOOSE CREEK ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD: 6:30 p.m., 519 N. Goose Creek Blvd.

ISLE OF PALMS PLANNING COMMISSION AND CITY COUNCIL: 5 p.m., 1207 Palm Blvd.

SULLIVAN'S ISLAND BIKE COMMITTEE: 6 p.m., 2050B Middle St.

Tuesday

CHARLESTON BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS: 5:15 p.m., 75 Calhoun St.

SULLIVAN'S ISLAND STREETS AND MAINTENANCE COMMITTEE: 10 a.m., 2050B Middle St.

SULLIVAN'S ISLAND BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION COMMITTEE: 4 p.m., 2050B Middle St.

SULLIVAN'S ISLAND TOWN COUNCIL EXECUTIVE SESSION: 5:30 p.m., 2050B Middle St.

SULLIVAN'S ISLAND TOWN COUNCIL: 6 p.m., 2050B Middle St.

Wednesday

CARTA BOARD RULES COMMITTEE: 1:30 p.m., 4045 Bridge View Drive, North Charleston

CARTA BOARD: 2 p.m., 4045 Bridge View Drive

CHARLESTON BOARD OF ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW: 4:30 p.m., 75 Calhoun St.

CHARLESTON COUNTY BOARD OF ASSESSMENT APPEALS: 2 p.m., 4045 Bridge View Drive, North Charleston

MOUNT PLEASANT PLANNING COMMISSION: 5 p.m., 100 Ann Edwards Lane

Thursday

CHARLESTON DESIGN REVIEW BOARD: 5 p.m., 75 Calhoun St.