Let's Go: 'Nearby' Star Has Seven Earth-Like Planets Orbiting

February 22, 2017

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TRAPPIST-1 is an ultra-cool (temperature-wise, not leather jacket and Ray-Bans) dwarf star some 39 light-years away. And it has not one, not two, not three, not four, not six, not eight, not nine, not ten, but SEVEN potentially habitable planets orbiting it. Well what are we waiting for? Let's strap on our space helmets and go wreck those planets too.

The discovery, reported Wednesday in the journal Nature, represents the first time astronomers have ever detected so many terrestrial planets orbiting a single star. Researchers say the system is an ideal laboratory for studying alien worlds and could be the best place in the galaxy to search for life beyond Earth.


The newly discovered solar system resembles a scaled-down version of our own. The star at its center, an ultra-cool dwarf called TRAPPIST-1, is less than a tenth the size of our sun and about a quarter as warm. Its planets circle tightly around it; the closest takes just a day and a half to complete an orbit and the most distant takes about 20 days. If these planets orbited a larger, brighter star they would be fried to a crisp. But TRAPPIST-1 is so cool that all seven of the bodies are bathed in just the right amount of warmth to hold liquid water. And three of them receive the same amount of heat as Venus, Earth and Mars, putting them in "the habitable zone," that Goldilocks region where it's thought life can thrive.

I know 39 light-years isn't that far in the grand scheme of the universe, but in the practical scheme of the universe, that is far as shit away. A light-year, as I'm sure you're aware, is the distance light travels in a year, or around 5.9 trillion miles. So 39 light-years is around 230 trillion miles. For reference, our own sun is around 92.96 million miles away, or 8 LIGHT-MINUTES, and we haven't even visited it yet! "You're an idiot." Whatever, you send me there and I'll plant a flag on it.

Thanks to Tank, who's convinced the secret to the universe is actually at the bottom of the ocean. Atlantis?! "Yep." I knew it!

  • Jesse No Bata

    Send in the probes!

  • Ronald Gordon

    Hey dude. Learn how to write. You sound like a 14 year old. " far as shit" and " strap on our space helmets and go fxxk this one up too". Your a joke.

  • Geekologie

    Im 13, but i still think your right

  • kodama

    At least he knows the difference between "your" and "you're." If you're trolling, good for you, I guess. If you don't like his style of humor, the internet is a big place; feel free to go somewhere more to your liking.

  • Titty McNipplefondler

    I've already started beaming my message to the star system: 01110011 01100101 01101110 01100100 00100000 01101110 01110101 01100100 01100101 01110011

  • 01001111 01101000 00101100 00100000 01001001 00100000 01101100 01101111 01110110 01100101 00100000 01111001 01101111 01110101 00100000 01100001 01101100 01101100 00101110

  • Bling Nye

    00101000 01011111 00101001 01011111 00101001 00101111 00101111 00101111 00101111 00101111 00101111 00101111 00101111 00101111 00101111 01000100

  • Jenness

    I like how you added so many //// - you big boy you!

  • You two guys are absolute treasures.

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  • Martin Ruby Pedersen

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  • Bling Nye

    A joke about binary in binary?

    https://media.giphy.com/med...

  • The_Wretched

    0101000001110010011001010111000001100001011100100110010100100000011101000110100001100101001000000100001101101000011010010110001101101011011001010110111000100001

  • Jenness

    01001100 01110101 01101100 01111010

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