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Scientists say they found solar system just 40 light-years away that contains Earthlike planets. The Washington Post publishes the discovery, reported on Wednesday in the journal Nature, explains the astronomers spotted terrestrial planets, orbiting a single star. The systems is an ideal laboratory for exploring distant worlds and searching for life beyond Earth.
An exoplanet researcher at the University of Liege in Belgium, Michael Gillon, says “Now we have seven Earth-sized planets to expand our understanding. Yes, we have the possibility to find water and life. But even if we don’t, whatever we find will be super interesting.”
The star at its center, an ultracool dwarf callled TRAPPIST-1 is smaller than the sun, and quarter as warm, but the planets circle tightly around it. The TRAPPIST-1 warms all seven of the bodies without risk to fry them. At the same time, that is enough of warmth to hold liquid water.
Even though, the planets of the TRAPPIST-1 system look like Earth in terms of size, mass, and the energy they receive from their star, “there’s a lot that makes our planet livable beside being a warm rock.” Further observation could give more answers out what TRAPPIST-1 planets are made of and if they have molecules that are signals for life.