News

Actions

NASA Discovers Seven Earth-size Planets

NASA discovered seven Earth-size planets that cou
WMAR-Web_Promo_Image_960x720.png
Posted at 5:37 PM, Feb 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-22 17:37:26-05
 
NASA discovered seven Earth-size planets that could potentially harbor life.  This discovery offers the first realistic opportunity to search for signs of life outside of our solar system. These planets are orbiting a dwarf star named Trappist-1, about 40 light-years, or 235 trillion miles away from Earth. With a distance like that, it may be hard to believe, but this is considered close, when we're taking about space.
 
These seven "exoplanets", or planets that orbit a star outside the solar system, can be studied in greater detail based on the orientation of their orbits.
 
Astronomers said some of the exoplanets in this new system could be just the right temperature to support oceans of water, based on their distance from the dwarf star Trappist-1.
 
According to Michael Gillon, a member of the research team observing Trappist-1 at the University of Liege in Belgium, this is the first time so many planets of this kind have been found around the same star.
 
For more information and good reads on this discovery, head over to https://www.nasa.gov/
 

Follow Mike Taylor on Twitter @ABC2Mike and like him on Facebook for updates

 

Find out how much snow could fall in your neighborhood! Download ABC2's SNOWCAST APP! -->  Apple iOS #MySnowCast

 

Protect yourself from dangerous weather 24/7! Download ABC2's STORM SHIELD APP! -->  Apple iOS | Android