NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope, on Wednesday, revealed the presence of the first known system of seven Earth-size planets around a single star. The findings were announced at a news conference at NASA headquarters in Washington.
According to a study published in the journal nature, astronomers found the seven earth-sized planets orbiting around the same star some 40 light years away. These planets are scientifically known as exoplanets, as they are located outside of our solar system. This exoplanet system is called Trappist-1, named for the Transiting Planets and Planetesimals Small Telescope (TRAPPIST) in Chile.
The discovery sets a new record for greatest number of habitable-zone planets found around a single star outside of our solar system. Moreover, the planets have the paramount combination of being similar in size to the Earth and being all temperate meaning they could have water on their surfaces and potentially support life, under the right atmospheric conditions. However, the chances are highest with only the three in the habitable zone.
This discovery outside of our solar system is rare and it could lead to encountering life on another planet - which is definitely a huge step for mankind. For an occasion like this, the folks on twitter somehow found a way to find the humour in it:
Here are some of the hilarious tweets:
Not only this, twitteratis are apparently very excited about the existence of these potentially biology-sustaining masses. In fact, they are so excited that they are not at all satisfied with sticking to their scientific names which are the standard Trappist-1b to Trappist-1h. Naturally, this won’t cut it for the creative types of twitter, so they tweeted out their own new names for the planets in a naming challenge.
Check out some of the chucklesome tweets:
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