For the first time, researchers have discovered three potentially habitable, Earth-like worlds orbiting an ultracool dwarf star 40 light-years away in another star system.
The planets are the perfect target to be studied at 40 light-years away, but that doesn’t mean we will reach them anytime soon. With current technology, it would take millions of years for an expedition to reach these planets. But from a research perspective, they provide a close opportunity and the best target to search for life beyond Earth and our solar system. What we find also could change how we determine the creation of life as we know it.
Burgasser, who has made the study of dwarf stars his life’s work, says that TRAPPIST-1 was initially studied quite a bit, but the planets around it have not been revealed until now.