NASA & TRAPPIST-1: A Treasure Trove of Planets Found

NASA & TRAPPIST-1: A Treasure Trove of Planets Found

Seven Earth-sized planets have been observed by NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope around a tiny, nearby, ultra-cool dwarf star called TRAPPIST-1. Three of these planets are firmly in the habitable zone.

Over 21 days, NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope measured the drop in light as each planet passed in front of the star. Spitzer was able to identify a total of seven rocky worlds, including three in the habitable zone, where liquid water might be found.

The video features interviews with Sean Carey, manager of the Spitzer Science Center, Caltech/IPAC; Nikole Lewis, James Webb Space Telescope project scientist, Space Telescope Science Institute; and Michaël Gillon, principal investigator, TRAPPIST, University of Liege, Belgium.

The system has been revealed through observations from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope and the ground-based TRAPPIST (TRAnsiting Planets and PlanetesImals Small Telescope) telescope, as well as other ground-based observatories. The system was named for the TRAPPIST telescope.

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, manages the Spitzer Space Telescope mission for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, Washington. Science operations are conducted at the Spitzer Science Center at Caltech in Pasadena. Spacecraft operations are based at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, Littleton, Colorado. Data are archived at the Infrared Science Archive housed at Caltech/IPAC. Caltech manages JPL for NASA. For more information about Spitzer, visit http://www.nasa.gov/spitzer and http://spitzer.caltech.edu.

Image Credit:
NASA/JPL-Caltech

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20 Responses

  1. Me&Meself says:

    pls if you have to move people on these planets, move just good people, people who don’t hate and do well, who are not racist, homophobic, sexist… Let’s build a better world with hope and peace, let’s leave shit behind and start over.

  2. joee F. says:

    can we send mr trump there !??

  3. Mathieu Martens says:

    I can already see Dr. Michio Kaku on tv… “We will have to rewrite all of our history books!”

  4. AMchou says:

    wow… it’s so moving to see this. So much more to discover!! Good Job Nasa!!

  5. andreapac says:

    Interstellar anyone?

  6. Провінційний арабіст says:

    How far is it?

  7. Roberto Whyyoucare says:

    It’s a small star, too, meaning if we move there, it’ll take a long time before that star dies.

  8. Chrono trigger says:

    Does this mean God doesn’t exist?

  9. Al Kent says:

    Nothing says legit science quite like speculation, animations and artist renditions.

  10. Jonathan O'Brien says:

    do we have to pay for this dlc or is it a free expansion?

  11. daskriege says:

    “I could never predict it” (c) Top NASA Scientist. With infinite number of galaxies, stars and planets of our Universe she just could not have predicted the availability of three Earth-like planets…. I lose hope on the humanity.

  12. MarCuzAurelius says:

    NEVER A STRAIGHT ANSWER
    NASA

  13. John Smith says:

    boring, let me know when you disclose aliens, till then this is just a big sales pitch for more Nasa funding

  14. Ryan Pro says:

    Awesome. It would only take about 1 and half million years to get there with current technology.

  15. Danny Paul says:

    Lets send all the feminist and liberals to our sun and just live in peace on earth.

  16. LiveLife 101 says:

    This is great and all but…..and I hate to say this……..THEY ARE 40 LIGHT YEARS AWAY FROM US! We cant even travel 1 lightyear lol (With our current technology, to travel 1 lightyear would take ~19,000 YEARS) lol. We need to be looking for life well before 1 lightyear distance, otherwise WHAT IS THE POINT? we wont get there even in the next 200 years.

  17. Nikola Tesla says:

    This is not true, and Earth is flat.
    Thank me later.

  18. The Plastic Paddy says:

    What if i told you that this discovery has nothing to do with politics, gender identity, being called or calling people SJWs or Nazi’s……

  19. CONTRA says:

    This should be front page news. We should be pouring money in space exploration. The more we learn about what goes on up there, the more we can use that to fix things down here. Oh, and abolish all these fairy tales we call religion.

  20. Dávid Wohlmuth says:

    Do these planets have oil? If so. They need some democracy.

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