Exoplanet Reise-Poster für Trappist 1

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Ihr habt sicher mitbekommen: Astronomen haben sieben Exoplaneten entdeckt, die „nur“ 40 Lichtjahre (wieviele Katzen- bzw. Hundelichtjahre das wohl sind?) von der Erde entfernt um den Zwergstern Trappist-1 kreisen. Drei davon liegen in der habitablen Zone, einer Umlaufbahn, auf der erdähnliches Leben existieren könnte. In Tradition ihrer feinen Space-Travel-Poster (hier Teil 1 & Teil 2) hat die NASA gleich eins für Trappist 1 gepostet (hier in HighRes runterladen). Ich buch dann mal meinen Sommerurlaub…

Some 40 light-years from Earth, a planet called TRAPPIST-1e offers a heart-stopping view: brilliant objects in a red sky, looming like larger and smaller versions of our own moon. But these are no moons. They are other Earth-sized planets in a spectacular planetary system outside our own. These seven rocky worlds huddle around their small, dim, red star, like a family around a campfire. Any of them could harbor liquid water, but the planet shown here, fourth from the TRAPPIST-1 star, is in the habitable zone, the area around the star where liquid water is most likely to be detected. This system was revealed by the TRansiting Planets and PlanetIsmals Small Telescope (TRAPPIST) and NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope. The planets are also excellent targets for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope. Take a planet-hopping excursion through the TRAPPIST-1 system.

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