Scientists Suggest Trappist-1e A Nearby Exoplanet May be Perfect for Life

By Cresswell McCoy | Apr 06, 2017 10:33 AM EDT

A new model suggests that the Trappist-1e may be perfect for life, as the planet has liquid water on its surface it is most likely to be habitable in the seven planet system. Trappist-1e is located between a boiled away desert and a giant snowball, out of the seven discovered planets the Trappist-1e has chances for human life to survive due to its climatic model.

Scientists have discovered seven planets that closely orbit the cool red star "Trappist-1" is February. Since then researchers have been learning more about the alien world and their potential climates in depth. Eric Wolf a researcher at University of Colorado modeled three planets around the Trappist-1 and tested different potential atmospheres.

The aim was to figure out whether any liquid water could exist on any one planet's surface, Eric and his team studied three planets around the Trappist-1. He found out that only one of the planets listed as potentially habitable and would be able to keep liquid water as per Space.

Around the Trappist-1 Eric had investigated planets d, e and f, which lies about 39 light years from Earth. It appears that planet d orbits a little too close to the star, it builds up a thick atmosphere of water vapor that heats the planet and later on it boils the rest of the water.

While observing planet f Eric figured that it was too far from the star, making it a snowball. This will leave any surface of water to get frozen and there is no combination of gases on the planet's atmosphere to keep it warm. The only habitable planet in the Trappist-1 could be the Trappist-1e (planet e). This is the one planet that has a real chance of having a temperature and an Earth like climate. Researchers are continuing to observe the planet e in order to find out its climatic conditions and atmosphere.  

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