Astronomers respond to 7-planet find

Love this video of astronomers showing their excitement about the discovery of 7 Earth-sized planets orbiting a nearby star.

This video features interviews with Sean Carey, manager of the Spitzer Science Center, Caltech/IPAC; Nikole Lewis, James Webb Space Telescope project scientist, Space Telescope Science Institute; and MichaĆ«l Gillon, principal investigator, TRAPPIST, University of Liege, Belgium. They’re all responding to the recent discovery of seven Earth-sized planets orbiting the star TRAPPIST-1, only 40 light-years away. Lots of fun to watch their faces and experience their enthusiasm!

Read more: Nearby TRAPPIST-1 has 7 planets

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Deborah Byrd