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Old 02-23-2017, 12:21 AM   #1
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Talk about lucky number seven. Astronomers have discovered not one, not two, but seven Earth-sized planets orbiting a star called TRAPPIST-1.

What’s more, three of them are in the habitable zone— the happy place where liquid water can exist on the surface of rocky planets, as it’s not too hot or cold. (Although liquid water could potentially exist on any of the seven, NASA said, it likes the odds on those three best.) The space agency calls the discovery of the fascinating solar system record-breaking.

“The discovery gives us a hint that finding a second Earth is not just a matter of if, but when,” Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters, said at a news conference announcing the discovery.

Zurbuchen called it a "major step forward" towards the goal of answering the very big question: Is there life on other worlds?

The discovery "is very promising for the search for life beyond our solar system,” Michael Gillon, astronomer at the University of Liege in Belgium, added during the press conference.

This is the first time astronomers have found so many Earth-sized planets circling the same sun.
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http://www.foxnews.com/science/2017/...announces.html
Good stuff and rare discovery. The media is getting a little carried away with the prospects of 'life'. But NASA says the chances of some of these planets having the potential to hold liquid water is highly likely.

When we launch the James Webb Telescope, it will be able to reveal the chemical make up of these planets and it's solar system.

The 'TRAPPIST-1' Solar System
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TRAPPIST-1
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Old 02-23-2017, 12:26 AM   #2
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And we'll never know...
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And we'll never know...
Not directly, no. But the JWT will be capable of detecting the chemical properties like oxygen, water ect... Just more planets for us to wonder and dream over. I like to imagine that some where out there is a planet full of dinosaurs.
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Not directly, no. But the JWT will be capable of detecting the chemical properties like oxygen, liquid water ect... Just more planets for us to wonder and dream over. I like to imagine that some where out there is a planet full of dinosaurs.
Planet of the seanjo loving Amazons...is my dream...
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Westerners dont have the nomadic spirit to take advantage of that knowledge.
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Planet of the seanjo loving Amazons...is my dream...
Earth is that for me and its my reality.
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All I can see from here is uranus
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Here's a little more in depth article....

http://www.skyandtelescope.com/astro...ts-2202201723/

And the official ESO release......

https://www.eso.org/public/news/eso1706/
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