Three may have water
On Wednesday, Trump-weary America was treated to some out-of-this-world news from scientists at NASA. Astronomers discovered seven Earth-sized planets orbiting a star named Trappist-1. Six of the planets orbit in a temperate zone where surface temperatures range from 32 to 212 degrees Fahrenheit. Three of the planets are believed to be potentially habitable and could have water, greatly increasing their chances of life.
The discovery was made 40 light-years away (235 trillion miles) in the constellation of Aquarius. Scientists believe all of the planets are rocky much like planet Earth as opposed to giant balls of gas like Saturn or Jupiter. “This discovery could be a significant piece in the puzzle of finding habitable environments, places that are conducive to life,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of the agency’s Science Mission Directorate. “Answering the question ‘are we alone’ is a top science priority and finding so many planets like these for the first time in the habitable zone is a remarkable step forward toward that goal.”
A scientific discovery that could lead to encountering life on another planet is a huge step for mankind. But, of course, the folks on Twitter found a way to find the humor in it.
Me: I cant believe I have to stay here and deal with Trump NASA: 7 new planets and 3 of them can withhold life Me: https://t.co/1pgI0fyI38— 𝚓𝚊𝚟𝚘𝚗𝚝𝚊 (@𝚓𝚊𝚟𝚘𝚗𝚝𝚊) 1487874937
You humans stay away from those newly discovered planets! I've seen what you're doing to Earth. @nasa— God (@God) 1487788001
NASA: we discovered some new planets Earthlings: yay NASA: but we can’t get there Earthlings: aww Planets: we h… https://t.co/wKJnHpZnGT— Eric Haywood (@Eric Haywood) 1487788954
Nasa found 7 planets and i still can't find a boyfriend— MayaCheikhali (@MayaCheikhali) 1487928140
NASA just discovered 7 potential habitable planets around the same star, and here we are, still fighting over basic human rights.— Lia Marie Johnson (@Lia Marie Johnson) 1487909912
NASA may have discovered 7 new planets but have u ever seen a pug go to space? 🚀 https://t.co/c4jdKWI2HI— Doug The Pug (@Doug The Pug) 1487814708
NASA says seven new planets have been discovered that could contain life. Trump says that’s a lot of people to keep out.— Albert Brooks (@Albert Brooks) 1487796730