Astronomers have announced a discovery which may have an essential effect on life on the planet Earth. Another planetary system, which is comprised of planets with the size of our planet, which could probably have water on them and in that way, life too.
The ocean of new worlds
Nowadays, scientists that work using telescopes at NASA and the European Southern Observatory announced their astonishing discovery – a whole system of planets with the size of the planet Earth. Well, if this is not enough, this team also claims that the planets’ density measurements indicate that six of them, which are more central, are rocky worlds like our planet.
However, that is only the beginning. Keep reading.
Amaury Triaud, who is the co-author, noted that this system’s star is ‘ultracool dwarf,’ clarifying what is the meaning of this, related to those planets. He explained that the output of energies from the dwarf stars such as TRAPPIST-1 showed to be weaker than the one of the Sun. The planets will have to be in much closer orbits and not like those we can see in this planetary system if surface water is there. Luckily, it looks like this compact configuration may be just what can be seen around the TRAPPIST-1.
Reaching other worlds
This new system is about 40 light-years far away. From a cosmic point of view, this is around the corner. However, practically speaking, we will need hundreds of millions of years to get to it with the technology of nowadays, but still, what is notable about it is that it represents the possibility of potential for life, just like this on our planet.
Furthermore, tomorrow’s technology may get us right to this solar system much faster.
Ultimately, the discoveries meant that the TRAPPIST-1 has monumental significance for studies in the future. The Hubble Space Telescope was already utilized in the searches for atmospheres surrounding the planets. One scientist that worked on this research too, named Emmanuel Jehin, asserted that some future telescopes would permit researchers and scientists to take a closer look into this system’s heart. He said:
With the upcoming generation of telescopes, such as ESO’s European Extremely Large Telescope and the NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope, we will soon be able to search for water and perhaps even evidence of life on these worlds.
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