Calling all stargazers and space enthusiasts!
NASA announced an incredible discovery earlier today.
They uncovered the first known system of seven Earth-size planets around a star.
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This most noteworthy discovery sets a new record for the greatest amount of “habitat-zone” planets found around a single star.
All of the planets could have water under the right atmosphere conditions.
“This discovery could be a significant piece in the puzzle of finding habitable environments, places that are conducive to life,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of the agency’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington. “Answering the question ‘are we alone’ is a top science priority and finding so many planets like these for the first time in the habitable zone is a remarkable step forward toward that goal.”
Because they are outside of our solar system, they receive the name “exoplanets.”
The astronomers made the discovery at 40-light-years from Earth.