Google celebrates NASA's Trappist-1 discovery with new Doodle

By Wade Sheridan  |  Feb. 23, 2017 at 6:55 AM
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Feb. 23 (UPI) -- Google has wasted no time in commemorating NASA's recent discovery of seven earth-size planets with a new Doodle Thursday.

Google's homepage features an animated short with a cartoon version of the earth alongside the moon using a telescope to view the seven planets that are orbiting a single dwarf star. The seven planets are then seen crowding up the telescope's viewfinder to say hi, much to the delight of the earth and moon.

"What exactly does this new solar system TRAPPIST-1 mean for our universe? Well, three of these newly discovered planets land smack-dab in the middle of what scientists call the habitable zone, or the distance from the star it orbits 'where a rocky planet is most likely to have liquid water.' Though scientists have some serious studying to do before we can definitively say whether any of the new TRAPPIST-1 planets are habitable, the potential is very promising," Google writes of the discovery that was unveiled Wednesday.

"Unlike our solar system, the planets in TRAPPIST-1 are very close together. If we're able to visit one of the TRAPPIST-1 planets one day, we could be able to watch each neighboring planet pass by on its orbital journey!" they continue.

NASA says the planets reside 235 trillion miles away.

"Finding a second earth is not a matter of if but when," associate administrator of the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters Thomas Zurbuchen said of the discovery in a statement Wednesday.

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