NASA has just announced the discovery of not one, but SEVEN new planets orbiting a dwarf star known as Trappist-1 about 40 light years from earth. The most exciting thing about these new planets is that they’re all about the same size as Earth, and can potentially support life.
Astronomers postulate that more than one of these new planets could support life, giving rise to the theory that they may harbor extraterrestrial life forms. Yup! You heard that right — little green men.
Beyond that though, it also means that humans could colonize and populate any one of these new planets, as the possibility of them having liquid water is high. Although the technology to travel to these planets doesn’t yet exist, there’s every possibility it will be developed in the coming generations.
For now, astronomers at NASA are focusing on gathering chemical data on these planets, to see if they truly do have the same characteristics as Earth. So, keep your eyes and ears peeled for any future developments on this discovery.
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