TRAPPIST-1

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Artists Kepler of the image of TRAPPIST-1.

TRAPPIST-1 (or 2MASS J23062928-0502285) is an ultracool red dwarf star located almost 40 light years away from the Sun in the constellation of Aquarius. The red dwarf is known for having seven Earth-sized rocky planets around it.[1] These planets were discovered between 2016 and 2017, and are likley rocky and some may even have liquid water on them.[2] Four of these planets (d, e, f, and g) are in the habitable zone, so they are most likely to have liquid water. Three other planets here (b, c, and h) are not in the habitable zone, and are likely not habitable.

In August of 2017, the Hubble Space Telescope possibly found traces of possible water in the atmospheres of some of the TRAPPIST-1 planets.[3][4]

Impression of the planets around TRAPPIST-1.

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  1. https://www.space.com/41714-water-rich-exoplanets-trappist-1-system.html | TRAPPIST-1 Worlds Are Rocky and Rich in Water, New Research Uncovers | September 05, 2018
  2. https://www.nasa.gov/feature/jpl/new-clues-to-trappist-1-planet-compositions-atmospheres | New Clues to TRAPPIST-1 Planet Compositions, Atmospheres | Feb. 5, 2018 | NASA
  3. https://www.spacetelescope.org/news/heic1713/ | Hubble delivers first hints of possible water content of TRAPPIST-1 planets | 31 August, 2017
  4. https://indianexpress.com/article/technology/science/first-evidence-of-water-found-on-trappist-1-planets-4827977/