On February 22, 2017, NASA broke the news that a star system has been discovered with seven Earthlike planets.
Their Spitzer Space Telescope revealed the discovery of the seven planets orbiting a single star. At least three of the planets are believed to be so evolved that they may have life on them.
According to NASA, this “discovery now sets a new record for the greatest number of habitable-zone planets found around a single star outside our solar system.”
The Earthlike planets are orbiting around Trappist-1, a nearby dwarf star. The planets and star, which were discovered by NASA, exist 39 light-years away. Trappist-1 is an ultra-cool dwarf star, which is unlike our sun, as planets that orbit close to it can easily have liquid water.
According to Daily Mail, no other star system that has been discovered before has been found to have such a large number of Earth-sized planets.
It is believed that these planets have rocky compositions like Earth. They are roughly the same size as our planet, and six have surface temperatures between 32 and 212 °F.
Researchers are suggesting that three of the newly found planets could have oceans of water with life evolving on them already. It is also being suggested that we may have proof of alien life within the next 10 years.
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