7 new planets discovered by EU-led project

7 new planets discovered by EU-led project
Description

The objective of this project was to search for other planets that could sustain life and to study them in detail. Using both ground and space telescopes astronomers discovered a system of exoplanets (planets outside of the solar system) as they passed in front of their parent star Trappist-1. Astronomers involved with the project believe that 6 of these planets are comparable in size and temperature to Earth.

Results

• 7 exoplanets discovered in the Trappist-1 system, the largest discovery ever of potentially habitable planets around a single star• 3 of them contain water and so could perhaps sustain life• exporting the techniques used in this study is seen as the next step in the further search for life outside the solar system.

Programme name
Seventh Research framework programme (incl. Completion of sixth Research FP)
EC’s priorities
Jobs, Growth and Investment
EU contribution
€1 963 990
Project location
Belgium
Time frame
2014 to 2018
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