by Yareli Rodriguez – Staff Reporter
NASA recently discovered a new star system only 40 light years away. This newly found system contains seven planets, in which three or four may be in a habitable zone.
NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope, revealing that the planets orbited around what is considered a “tiny, nearby, ultra-cool dwarf star”, which has left many in shock—the TRAPPIST-1 star is reportedly 20 times smaller than our sun, which causes the planets in that system to have shorter orbits around the sun.
With the release of information, people have already made jokes about leaving this planet to live on the planets found in TRAPPIST-1, which is an awful idea. Looking at the current state our current planet is in, I think this sounds like an excuse to leave behind what we’ve already ruined, and to start fresh to then destroy another planet.
Since three of the planets are in a Goldilocks Zone, there is a large possibility that the planets contain one of the most vital thing known to man—water. Although nothing is confirmed yet, I believe that the chance of water supports the fact that there could be life in the system.
Despite the jokes, newly found system is by far one of the most fascinating things that we have discovered, and leaves people wondering whether there are more star systems with life out there than we know.
Space is incredibly immeasurable, and the possibilities of new life on other planets are endless. With that being said, another possibility that comes to mind, is life on other planets.