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NASA Astronomers Find 7 Earth Like Planets Just 40 Light-Years Away From Us

Published on 23 February, 2017 at 9:06 am By

Bringing their search to find a new earth link planet closer to home, NASA astronomers on February 22 found not one but seven earth size planets near a start which is fairly close by.

The nearby star, though faint, is small in size and is home to seven Earth-size planets around it with conditions which could  be just right for liquid water or even life on the planets.


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Artist’s rendering of TRAPPIST-1 planetary system, based on available data. NASA

These planets were discovered by a group of researchers in NASA and has now set a record most Earth-size planets that has been even found and the most potentially habitable planets that has ever been discovered around a single star.

This new planetary system is quite compact, and has the planets orbiting their star at a fairly close distance.

The distance between the plants and the star they orbit is closer than Mercury’s orbit to the sun according to a report published in the Nature.

 

Artist’s rendering of what one of the seven planets, TRAPPIST-1 f, might look like. NASA



According to one of the astronomers who discovered these planets, the short distance between the star and the planet will make for an impressive view as from surface of one of these planets, we would be able see the other planets just like we see the moon from earth, only a bit smaller in size.

This star is just about 40 light-years away from earth and is located in the constellation ‘Aquarius’.

 


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The star is very tiny as compared to the Sun, that is almost 10 times smaller than its size .

Celebrating the discovery along with Astronomers, even Google, on February 23rd, dedicated their latest doodle to them.

 

Google Doodle


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