The star Trappist-1, a mere 39 light years away, has been found to host seven Earth-sized, rocky planets.
The discovery has astronomers, alien-hunters, and space enthusiasts abuzz for a good few reasons. Among new solar systems discovered so far, none have had more than seven planets (our system has eight). And none have had all seven that were rocky and also Earth-sized.
What’s more, because the star type is among the most common in our galaxy, such solar systems are likely to be quite common. That makes the Trappist-1 system a prime target to accelerate the search for life beyond our own solar system.
When Who Where
- Date: Sunday 15th July 2018,
- Time: 7pm.
- Speaker: Natalie Heron.
- Venue: Will take place at the Cygnus Observatory (WWC Discovery Room).
Our speaker is Natalie Heron an SAS Committee Member and active member of the Sunderland Astronomical Society (SAS).