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NASA Just Released The First Images Of The Trappist-1 System

NASA Just Released The First Images Of The Trappist-1 System NASA Just Released The First Images Of The Trappist-1 System
Ramiro Mantilla | 13 Marcha, 2017, 09:37

This illustration shows the seven TRAPPIST-1 planets as they might look as viewed from Earth using a fictional, incredibly powerful telescope. Kepler measured the dimming of TRAPPIST-1's star as its seven Earth-sized planets passed in front of it, blocking some of its light.

While the data accumulated by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope (which discovered the solar system- TRAPPIST-1) was used to measure the precise sizes of these exoplanets, the Kepler's pixel file gave NASA a representation of the light levels of TRAPPIST-1 in an hour. Planets that are farther from the star are more likely to have significant amounts of ice, especially on the side that faces away from the star.

"Scientists and enthusiasts around the world are invested in learning everything they can about these Earth-sized worlds", emphasized K2 scientist Geert Barentsen, also at Ames. These measurements produced data that will allow scientists to obtain more accurate measurements of the planets, better understand the star's magnetic activity, and obtain both the orbital period and mass for the system's seventh planet, TRAPPIST-1h.

"Providing the K2 raw data as quickly as possible was a priority to give investigators an early look so they could best define their follow-up research plans".

NASA expects the fully calibrated data to be ready by May.

The unprocessed data will help scientists and researchers plan for and propose future Earth-based observation missions using other telescopes.

Researchers believe that Trappist-1 has been around for almost 500 million years, which may be long enough for living organisms to develop and sustain.

The observation period, known as K2 Campaign 12, provides 74 days of monitoring. The spacecraft remains healthy and is operating nominally.

Following after the recent revelation made by NASA about the discovery the new seven Earth-like planets, dubbed as TRAPPIST-1 start system, experts say that these while planets appear to be rocky, it also has a life-friendly surface temperatures, which is seen to have the potential in harboring liquid water.

The K2's mission, Campaign 12, was later modified and the telescope was turned toward the Trappist-1. Even if there were a lot of enthusiastic artists who rushed into drawing their concepts of how these planets and their sun could look like, we were not a provided with a clear view of the TRAPPIST 1 star system.

"The unexpected opportunity to further study the TRAPPIST-1 system was quickly recognized, and the agility of the K2 team and science community prevailed once again", Haas added. Jim began blogging about science, science fiction and futurism in 2004.Jim resides in the San Francisco Bay area and has attended NASA Socials for the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover landing and the NASA LADEE lunar orbiter launch.