TRAPPIST-1

You’ve probably heard that NASA has found a trove of “Earth-like” planets circling the TRAPPIST-1 system roughly 40 light years away, but just in case you haven’t, here’s a short 2 minute AP video about the discovery.

Here’s another video from NASA/JPL with more explanation.

Most entertainingly, here’s a 360° YouTube Video published by NASA/JPL that let’s you experience an artist’s conception of the view from the 4th planet in the system.

Here’s the text posted with the video as context.

This 360-degree panorama depicts the surface of a newly detected planet, TRAPPIST-1d, part of a seven planet system some 40 light years away. You can explore this artist’s rendering of an alien world by moving the view using your mouse or your mobile device. The depiction is based on the latest scientific data about this planetary system, and this world’s sister planets can be seen as bright points of light in a dark sky. Each world is roughly in Earth’s size range, in terms of both mass and diameter. Further observations will be needed to determine whether any or all of these worlds might be habitable. — YouTube 360 Video Information, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Google even created a Google Doodle to commemorate the announcement.

Find out more about TRAPPIST 1…
TRAPPIST 1 (NASA Exoplanets)
TRAPPIST 1 (Wikipedia)

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