Seven planets orbiting the ultracool dwarf star TRAPPIST-1

This is an artist’s impression of the TRAPPIST-1 system, showcasing all seven planets in various phases. When a planet transits across the disk of the red dwarf host star, as two of the planets here are shown to do, it creates a dip in the star’s light that can be detected from Earth.

Also during such transits astronomers are able to study the potential atmospheres of these planets.

Credit:

NASA

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Id:heic1713d
Type:Artwork
Release date:31 August 2017, 16:00
Related releases:heic1713
Size:3600 x 4500 px

About the Object

Name:TRAPPIST-1
Type:Milky Way : Star : Circumstellar Material : Planetary System
Category:Exoplanets
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