NASA just discovered 7 new earth like planets outside our solar system that could sustain life
In a ground breaking discovery, NASA has announced that they’ve found 7 earth like planets outside our solar system which could possibly sustain life.
The more we know about outer space, the more we realize how less we have known. Given it’s infinite size our universe holds a lot of secrets which are yet to be discovered. The scientists at NASA and European Southern Observatory have made a new discovery about outer space that could change the way we perceive life beyond earth.
The scientists have discovered a system consisting of 7 earth like planets, six of which are earth-like rocky worlds. What’s interesting is that 3 of the planets lie in the habitable zone of the star. ‘Habitable zone’ is one where liquid water (in H2O form) could exist.
These 3 planets may have oceans of water which increases the possibility of these planets sustaining life. Scientist Michael Gillon said:
“This is an amazing planetary system — not only because we have found so many planets, but because they are all surprisingly similar in size to the Earth!”
Trappist-1, the star around which the planets are found is a dwarf star. The energy emitted by the star is sufficient to sustain the solar system as long as the planets have shorter orbits.
Needless to say, the discovery of Trappist-1 is monumental as it would enable the scientists to know more about the possible existence of life beyond our solar system. A scientist Emmanuel Jehin working on the research, said:
“With the upcoming generation of telescopes, such as ESO’s European Extremely Large Telescope and the NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope, we will soon be able to search for water and perhaps even evidence of life on these worlds”.