The following is an excerpt from rt.com | May 22, 2017 |
NASA’s Kepler telescope has confirmed crucial details about the orbital pattern of the seven newly discovered exoplanets in the TRAPPIST-1 system, as well as providing new insight into the system’s least understood planet, TRAPPIST-1h.
Astronomers from the University of Washington were able to confirm a regular orbital pattern using data collected by the telescope. The team found that, at six million miles from its dwarf star, TRAPPIST-1h – the outermost of the seven exoplanets – does not lie within the habitable zone and is likely far too cold for mere humans. The team also confirmed ‘planet h’ orbits its TRAPPIST-1 star every 19 days.
“It’s incredibly exciting that we’re learning more about this planetary system elsewhere, especially about planet h, which we barely had information on until now,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate.
The international team analyzed raw Kepler data immediately after it was released by NASA on March 8 and published their findings in the Nature Astronomy journal on Monday.
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