Nevermind the #trappist planets, what about the star?

The astronomy sphere exploded a few week back with the revelation of 7 rocky planets around Trappist-1, 3 of which were in the habitable zone. Best part – the star is only 40 light years away

But best to be careful before expending any energy trying to get there.

New research

http://www.skyandtelescope.com/astronomy-news/seven-planet-star-ageless-maybe-deadly-0603201723/

show that the star is emits a lot Xrays, suggesting it is very young and will blow any atmosphere off any nearby planets within 5 billion years. So not such a great long term survival plan for humanity when our Sun destroys the Earth (also in about 5 billion years).  Keep on looking, but remember to  look at the star, not just the planets.

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64 comments on “Nevermind the #trappist planets, what about the star?

  1. It’s crazy to think that we keep finding other planets that may be able to sustain life. I think one of these days we are going to find a planet that really has life on it.

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  2. Our universe is so much bigger than we think. It is astonishing knowing that we have found so much information but yet have not even discovered a small piece of the universe.

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  3. This blog post made me realize how we continuously find new discoveries everyday. Astronomers always find something new on a daily basis about our solar system, and beyond it. It is crazy to think that there is so much more we have yet to find out, whether it be older planets than the ones lying within our solar system, or newer ones we have yet to discover in years to come!

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  4. I will first start off by saying how amazing it is to have young and old planets in our solar system, for someone who is not up to date with a lot of astronomy it is easy to believe that when the universe was born all these planets and stars were already there. The universe is is obviously still growing and new information is being found daily, but it still amazes me. Also the fact that this new seven-planet star is so small but packs a big punch for lack of better words as compared to the other bigger stars is even more incredible. The universe continues to amaze me.

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  5. This just goes to show that finding planets is not the end of searching for life elsewhere. The type of star, its age, and composition matter too. The Goldilocks zone in our solar system is not going to be the same distance on every star.

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  6. It is interesting to know that there might be life out there on other planets. It is also interesting to know that the star could possibly wipe out the atmosphere of any nearby planet within the next 5 billion years, to bad none of us will be around to experience that.

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  7. It’s crazy to think that we actually found another place that might be habitable!! Too bad it will be destroyed around the same time that Earth will be too.

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  8. Interesting how there could be life on other planets… i wonder what they’re up to at this moment. Probably fighting about how their version of Pluto, probably called Otulp, isn’t actually a planet.

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  9. Crazy to think that we keep finding new planets that are able to contain life. It makes me think that my great , great, great grand kids could be living on a different planet. Another thing that caught my eye was that the trappist star dying has changed the way it operates.

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  10. This makes you wonder what else is out their in space. If we barely found this after looking into space for years, imagine what else we will discover in the future.

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  11. I think that most of the times, when we find a planet, we only focus on the planet “what does it looks like?” “is there water?” “is there life?” and much more questions. But we forget that every exoplanet orbits around a big star, like we do. And to know that some star might mbe dangerous just reminds me of how vast and mysterious the Universe is.

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  12. I find it very cool that the sun could destroy the earth. i wish i could see it when it happens. sadly well be long gone. but it would be interesting to watch. i also do truly believe there is life and habitual planets out there.

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  13. I find it incredible to think about other planets having life, and our technology is barely catching onto it. We only have so much more to learn about the planets.

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