- This morning, NASA announced that it has found 7 earth-sized planets orbiting a star 40 light years away, with life or water possible on all of these planets.
- Of these planets, NASA believes 3 are in the’habitable zone’, being the area around the star where life is most possible.
- The discovery was made using the Spitzer Space Telescope and is said to be the greatest number of ‘exoplanets’ found around a single star.
- The star is called TRAPPIST-1, and it is significantly smaller than Earth’s sun.
- The Hubble Telescope has started looking at 4 of these planets (including those in the habitable zone).
- According to the head of NASA Science Directorate, this proves that “finding the next Earth is not a question of if, but when”.