On February 22, 2017, I did an interview with CBC television about the TRAPPIST-1 discover.
You can watch it here.
Above: An artist’s impression of the view from the surface one of the planets in the TRAPPIST-1 system (ESO/M. Kornmesser, Wikimedia Commons)
On February 22, 2017, NASA announced that the Spitzer Space Telescope had located a system of at least seven rocky planets orbiting an ultra cool dwarf star. This planetary system is called TRAPPIST-1.
By early 2017, astronomers had already found more than 3,500 other exoplanets. Those are planets located outside our Solar System. So what makes the TRAPPIST-1 discovery so amazing?
Well, three of the newly discovered planets are in the “habitable” or “Goldilocks” zone. That means scientists are closer than ever to finding a far-away world that could have liquid water, and maybe even life!
Want to learn more about the TRAPPIST-1 system?
Here are some of the best online sources of information: