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NASA Has Discovered 7 Earth-Like Exoplanets on Nearby Star, Possibly Hosts Life

Three of them have all the key ingredients to sustain life.

Astronomers have discovered seven exoplanets the size of the Earth that is orbiting a star, NASA has announced. What’s more interesting about this discovery is that three of those planets are within the habitable zone. This means that they have just the right ingredients to sustain life. Liquid water can be found on the surface of the rocky planets and the temperature is just right.

During a press conference for the announcement of the big news, Michael Gillon, an astronomer from Belgium’s University of Liege, said that the discovery of these exoplanets “is very promising for the search for the search for life beyond our solar system.”

This is also a new record for NASA for having discovered the greatest number of habitable planets orbiting a single star. While all of the planets do have liquid water on the surface, the three that were discovered to be in the habitable zone, or the Goldilocks Zone, are considered the best.

Scientists named the planetary system as TRAPPIST-1 with the habitable-zone planets named TRAPPIST-1e, f and g. Exoplanet “e” bears almost the same size as Earth. In addition, exoplanet “e” also gets the same amount of light from the star like we do.

NASA has discovered seven Earth-like exoplanets orbiting a single star.

Three of them belong in the habitable zone, or the Goldilocks Zone, which has the key ingredients to sustain life.

The seven exoplanets, which are part of the TRAPPIST-1 planetary system, are positioned close to each other.

Which means that when you’re standing on the surface of one exoplanet, the others become very visible.

NASA is planning to launch the James Webb telescope in 2018 and it will find more information about the TRAPPIST-1 planets. The telescope can get data on water, methane, oxygen and possible atmospheres – all of which can help determine the habitability of the planets.

Here’s why NASA’s big discovery of 7 exoplanets is a ‘holy grail’ for astronomers.

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Ancient 99-Million-Year-Old Frogs Look Just Like Modern-Day Toads

Frogs will always be frogs, whether they were born today or in the Cretaceous Period.

The world is filled with exciting new discoveries from ancient times. Scientists have just uncovered evidence that frogs roamed the Earth during the Cretaceous Period about 100 million years ago. Interestingly, these ancient toads seem to look just like their modern-day descendants.

A new report confirms that scientists have found four frog fossils in northern Myanmar. The tiny bodies were encased in amber and offer a clear glimpse at what tropical rainforests looked like in the Cretaceous Period. In any case, the discovery is groundbreaking since frogs rarely become fossils.

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Elon Musk’s Flamethrowers Get Misused On Social Media Despite Strict Terms & Conditions

What better way to start a particularly hot summer?

There is little doubt that Elon Musk's flamethrowers are the hottest new commodity right now. After all, the fiery device produced by The Boring Company have just been sold out. However, it looks like consumers have already started misusing the dangerous product despite its lengthy terms and conditions.

The Boring Company finally rolled out Not A Flamethrower at a celebrated pick up event held at the company's headquarters. People who had pre-ordered the gadgets were given a chance to sample the power of the flamethrower on unfortunate marshmallows. Although safety was reinforced during the event, things took a dangerous turn once everyone got home.

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NASA’s Curiosity Rover Finds Ancient Organics On Mars, Possible Life On Planet In The Past

The new discovery might confirm life thrived on the Red Planet billions of years ago.

Curiosity has made an exciting discovery on the surface of Mars. The rover has just found possible evidence of life on the planet billions of years ago. NASA might not quite ready to confirm that creatures once roamed the Red Planet. Nevertheless, the agency believes that the findings could mean positive things for future missions.

The NASA rover has found organic molecules in sedimentary rocks near the planet's surface. These molecules may contain hydroxen, carbon, oxygen, and nitrogen and are usually associated with life. However, their presence in the billion-year-old rocks does not confirm life on Mars just yet.

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