[메디컬리포트=Maricor Zapata 기자]
Astronomers are seeing something they have never seen before.A new study reports a tiny star around which seven Earth-sized alien worlds orbit, potentially supporting life.
Brice-Olivier Demory is a professor at the Center for Space and Habitability for the University of Bern in Switzerland, and he co-authored the study regarding the newly discovered solar system.
"Looking for life elsewhere, this system is probably our best bet as of today," Demory said in a statement about the study.The star has been dubbed TRAPPIST-1, and seven exoplanets circle it with their orbit paths.The solar system is about 39 light years from Earth, which is a comparatively small distance.
Now begins speculation based on the unique and groundbreaking discovery of this solar system.Chiefly, speculation concentrates on the prospect of life on the seven planets.It is expected that there will soon be hard data to confirm or deny the existence of certain forms of life on these alien worlds.
Amaury Triaud co-authored the published study with Demory, and he told reporters, "We can expect that, within a few years, we will know a lot more about these planets, and with hope, if there is life there, [we will know] within a decade." Triaud is a professor at the Institute of Astronomy for the University of Cambridge in England.[메디컬리포트=Maricor Zapata 기자]