Artist’s impressions of the TRAPPIST-1 planetary system

This artist’s impression compares the seven planets orbiting the ultra-cool red dwarf star TRAPPIST-1 to the Earth at the same scale. New observations, when combined with very sophisticated analysis, have now yielded good estimates of the densities of all seven of the Earth-sized planets and suggest that they are rich in volatile materials, probably water.

They are shown to the same scale but not in the correct relative positions.

Credit:

ESO/M. Kornmesser

About the Image

Id:eso1805b
Type:Artwork
Release date:5 February 2018, 17:00
Related releases:eso1805
Size:7570 x 4806 px

About the Object

Name:TRAPPIST-1
Type:Milky Way : Star : Circumstellar Material : Planetary System
Distance:40 light years
Category:Exoplanets
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