Saturday, 25 February 2017

Star's seven Earth-sized worlds set record

Graphic showing the orbits of the seven planets in the Trappist-1 systemAstronomers have detected a record seven Earth-sized planets orbiting a single star.
The researchers say that all seven could potentially support liquid water on the surface, depending on the other properties of those planets.
But only three are within the conventional "habitable" zone where life is considered a possibility.
The compact system of exoplanets orbits Trappist-1, a low-mass, cool star located 40 light-years away from Earth.
The planets, detected using Nasa's Spitzer Space Telescope and several ground-based observatories, are described in the journal Nature.-READ MORE AND SEE VIDEO

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