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Astronomers: Four Of Seven Trappist Earth-Sized Exoplanets May Have Large Quantities Of Water, Host Alien Life

Four of seven mysterious worlds orbiting a nearby star might bear large quantities of water, scientists have revealed, offering a tantalising boost to the possibility of finding life beyond our solar system. Just 39 light-years away from Earth, the solar system of seven Earth-sized planets orbiting the small, cool star known as Trappist-1 was discovered earlier this year, with the announcement met with excitement by experts. While scientists said all of the planets could harbour some water, given the right atmosphere, three of the four outermost planets lie within the star’s so-called “habitable zone” – the distance at which temperatures are suitable for liquid water to exist – making them the most likely candidates […] Snellen added that the mystery could soon be solved, pointing out that the James Webb Space Telescope is set to launch next year and is expected to shed light on the atmospheres of the planets. “If one or more of these planets turn out to contain water it will be an enormous breakthrough,” said Snellen. “We can really start to think seriously about whether these worlds may harbour life.” (READ MORE)


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