This handout infographic released by the European Southern Observatory displays some artist’s illustrations of how the seven planets orbiting TRAPPIST-1 might appear.
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For the first time ever, astronomers have discovered seven Earth-size planets orbiting a nearby star – and these new worlds could hold life.The planets circle tightly around a dim dwarf star called Trappist-1, barely the size of Jupiter.It already shows just how many Earth-size planets could be out there – especially in a star's sweet spot, ripe for extraterrestrial life.The takeaway from all this is, "We've made a crucial step toward finding if there is life out there," said the University of Cambridge's Amaury Triaud, one of the researchers. The potential for more Earth-size planets in our Milky Way galaxy is mind-boggling.Mercury is the innermost planet of our own solar system.While faint, the Trappist-1 star is close by cosmic standards, allowing astronomers to study the atmospheres of its seven temperate planets.
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