TRAPPIST-1: Seven New Earth-Like Planets Discovered
New Earth Found!
TRAPPIST-1. Mark this name. Perhaps, you’ll have to consider it as the next place to visit on vacations.
Because TRAPPIST-1 has 7 planets orbiting around it, of which the three planets can boast liquid water and a temperature span sufficient for genesis of life. Three 100% Earth type planets 40 light years away from us! Converting the space distances into understandable Earth equivalent it’s like going from Chicago to Miami. A long way to go, but still not that long.
British astronomer Dr. Chris Copperwheat, from Liverpool John Moores University, the international team co-leader said: “The discovery of multiple rocky planets with surface temperatures which allow for liquid water make this amazing system an exciting future target in the search for life.”
It’s a shame Ray Bradbury didn’t live long enough to hear the news! I for one is so excited that can only yell with delight. The planets aren’t named yet. Michael Gillon, astronomer at the University of Liege, shares that the team had discussed naming them after Belgian beers. That’s not an attitude, I’d say. I’d prefer Nordic gods, do you? I mean, Thor, Odin and their lot had fallen out of fashion by the time scientists discovered the Solar system planets, but it wasn’t their fault, really. I think, this is time to make up for such an injustice. After all, the Nordic gods were here as long as the Roman ones or even longer.
I believe, we’re now witnessing the intra-planet flights era coming true. Of course, we need engineers to quickly conjure us an “Enterprise” up first, I guess. The room, in which NASA scientists were telling us about the Trappist-1 system looked like a spaceship control room indeed. Take this interactive board! It did all those magic things: zoomed pictures, moved them around, displayed drop out menus, played animations when Nikole Lewis was enlightening us on planets’ landscapes and climates.
Talking of which, the board looked suspiciously like Surface Hub to me. For those who may have missed the news, Surface Hub is the interactive board Microsoft is launching now. Looks a bit like Surface Studio on steroids minus Surface Dial and keyboard.
Microsoft has been vague about who made fist deals for getting Hubs. They use such phrases as ‘gaining momentum’ and Resellers worldwide have units and yet give nothing away. 1,500 units shipped, but 50 deals reported. Indeed, a Hub is scarcer to find than an exoplanet.
And these we’re going to find in plenty. Exoplanets are the planets which orbit around the stars other than the Sun. Like foreign countries only planets. But in space we don’t use ‘foreign’ we say ‘exo-’. (I predict a lot of goods to get an exoplanet affix to their brands. It will be the next hot thing after 3D.) Robotic telescopes, like the Liverpool university telescope on a Canary island, are so precise nowadays that are capable of finding the smallest exoplanets, less than Mercury in size. And more telescopes are to be launched soon, thus boosting the exoplanets locating.
Perhaps, we should borrow one to find a Surface Hub on sale for general public and not only for corporations. Can it be, that NASA was the one to purchase the Hub though? The situation with this contraption is described as ‘already-stellar’ by the Surface team. Sounds like a clue to me, doesn’t it?
- Trade in your old computer for top cash and save money for a new model that will allow you to see many stars far, far away: Sell used computer online now.
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