Artist’s impression of the ultracool dwarf star TRAPPIST-1 and its three planets

This artist’s impression shows an imagined view of the three planets orbiting an ultracool dwarf star just 40 light-years from Earth that were discovered using the TRAPPIST telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory. These worlds have sizes and temperatures similar to those of Venus and Earth and may be the best targets found so far for the search for life outside the Solar System. They are the first planets ever discovered around such a tiny and dim star.

In this view one of the inner planets is seen in transit across the disc of its tiny and dim parent star.

Credit:

ESO/M. Kornmesser/N. Risinger (skysurvey.org)

About the Image

Id:eso1615c
Type:Artwork
Release date:2 May 2016, 17:00
Related releases:eso1615
Related announcements:ann16027
Size:10000 x 7000 px

About the Object

Name:2MASS J23062928-0502285
Type:Milky Way : Planet
Distance:40 light years
Category:Exoplanets

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