If you haven’t heard yet, in February, NASA revealed that they have found seven Earth-like planets!
The announcement has made waves around the world, but what does this discovery really mean? Will we suddenly find ourselves in contact with distant neighbors? What lies on the surfaces of these planets?
On this edition of Saturdays Around the World, we take the “around” piece to a whole new level, and explore a few of the worlds we now know we share the universe with!
To start, let’s get a better understanding of these planets and the science behind them from two of the members of the team that found the planets!
Here is Physics Girl‘s interview with these scientists and a little introduction to discovery!
Now that we have a little background on the TRAPPIST-1 discovery, let’s take a deeper look at how these planets compare to Earth and our own solar system. How about the question, “What would life on these planets look like?”
Here’s PBS Space Time to give us a closer look at our distant neighbors.
There are so many fascinating forces at play with a discovery this extensive!
With every subsequent encounter like this, we are able to piece together a better understanding of the universe that surrounds us.
Will we ever visit these planets? It’s unlikely. Will we know if they are home to life? Probably not for certain. Will this knowledge push us to ask better questions and seek better answers? Most definitely.
Discovery is an ongoing process. Rarely is a discovery made that does not contribute to a further line of questioning.
It’s still an amazing world, or in this case, an amazing universe, because there is so much out there left to be discovered. As our view of the vastness around us continues to grow, so too will the reaches of what our species is capable of!
Stay beautiful & keep laughing!
Or, if you are looking for reasons to celebrate the people and places that make this planet amazing check out the archive of our Saturdays Around the World series!
- “Everything You Should Know about TRAPPIST-1 Exoplanets.” YouTube. Physics Girls, 01 Mar. 2017. Web. 02 Mar. 2017. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lK2iJe7AM_Q&t=600s>. ↩
- “The Treasures of Trappist-1 | Space Time.” YouTube. PBS Space Time, 01 Mar. 2017. Web. 02 Mar. 2017. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h871oE5QkTU&t=7s>. ↩