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See NASA’s Posters For The Landmark Earth-Like Planet Discovery

Please, please, please let there be aliens!

Patrick CaughillFebruary 23rd 2017

In case you missed it, the science world was abuzz yesterday. NASA announced their latest exoplanet discovery—a potentially habitable solar system 40 light-years away from ours, complete with seven Earth-sized planets. These planets could hold the best chance of finding extraterrestrial life, as three of them rest firmly in the habitable zone of their parent star, which means that there is likely liquid water.

To celebrate this momentous occasion, NASA had a mock travel poster commissioned to help drum up excitement.

IoA/Amanda Smith
IoA/Amanda Smith

They also released some surrealist artwork based on the discovery.

IoA/Amanda Smith
IoA/Amanda Smith
IoA/Amanda Smith
IoA/Amanda Smith

To round out their graphical exploration of the discovery, they also released some visual aids to help us fathom the size of the new system.

Size comparison to Earth:

IoA/Amanda Smith
IoA/Amanda Smith

Comparing the area of the system to our solar system:

IoA/Amanda Smith
IoA/Amanda Smith

Comparison of our section of the solar system compared to the TRAPPIST-1 system:

IoA/Amanda Smith
IoA/Amanda Smith

And finally, comparing the orbits of the respective systems:

IoA/Amanda Smith
IoA/Amanda Smith

You can get high-res versions of the posters by visiting here.

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