The James Webb Space Telescope meets the seven intriguing exoplanets of TRAPPIST-1

Go outside tonight and look at bright Jupiter in the south. Now look at just its right side and zip 235 trillion miles (378 trillion km) into the universe. Here between the head of Pisces and the side of Aquarius is a nondescript star called TRAPPIST-1, an extremely cold red dwarf discovered in 1999.

TRAPPIST-1 It was mostly forgotten until 2017, when NASA announced that it hosted the most LandLarge-sized planets found in the habitable zone of a single star so far. exoplanetHunters have been obsessed with TRAPPIST-1 ever since. At last count, the neighborhood had seven planets, almost identical to the eight planets in our solar system. But is TRAPPIST-1 a mirror or a mirage? Could it contain Earth-like planets – and possibly life – or does its fleeting resemblance to the solar system mask alien planets with extreme conditions?


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