Posted at 1 p.m. April 3, 2017

Newly discovered planets create hope of distant life

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In case you haven’t heard, scientists announced in February that there were seven planets discovered about 40 light-years away from Earth.

40 light years equates to around 235 trillion miles. The first of these planets were observed in May 2016. Scientists are calling the planets TRAPPIST-1. According to NASA, this stands for the Transiting Planets and Planetesimals Small Telescope in Chile.

In order for a planet to be classified as habitable, it must be able to have liquid water. Out of these planets, three of them are potentially habitable.

NASA said that while they are potentially habitable, until there are more studies done, the planets may be “locked” into place. This would mean that while the side of the planet that is facing the TRAPPIST-1 star, a super-cool dwarf star, would have a perpetual day, the other half would have a perpetual night which “could mean they have weather patterns totally unlike those on Earth, such as strong winds blowing from the day side to the night side, and extreme temperature changes,” as written on NASA’s website.

Honestly, this sounds like every sci-fi fan’s dream come true – the downside is that it would take hundreds of thousands of years just to get there. I have never been a huge fan of the space-based shows, unless you count “Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century,” but after reading all the information about the possible climate of these planets, if it were a possibility, I would be willing to try living there seeing as that sounds similar to living in Wyoming.

Hollywood has been trying to create what it would be like in the event that people could know more about space and what it contains since before I can remember. For so long now, that there is a possibility for other life to be out there, and if we look back to their formulated ideas, are they really that far off? The NASA website has illustrations posted of what it might look like, and it seems as though Hollywood’s ideas weren’t that far-fetched.

What if movies based on aliens were almost accurate and places such as Roswell, New Mexico, home to Area 51, weren’t just conspiracies theories?

For years, the sci-fi community revolved around movies and TV shows such as “Star Trek,” “Star Wars” and all of the remakes and spin-offs. One of the more highly debated questions out there is whether we are the only life in the universe. NASA recognizes this as a huge question of mankind, and said that the research and observations over the next decade could bring us closer to a potential answer to this ever-revolving question.


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