Abstract Concept of TRAPPIST-1 System

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spitzer_ssc2017-01b February 21st, 2017

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (IPAC)

This artist's concept appeared on the February 23rd, 2017 cover of the journal Nature announcing that the TRAPPIST-1 star, an ultra-cool dwarf, has seven Earth-size planets orbiting it. Any of these planets could have liquid water on them. Planets that are farther from the star are more likely to have significant amounts of ice, especially on the side that faces away from the star.

The system has been revealed through observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and the ground-based TRAPPIST (TRAnsiting Planets and PlanetesImals Small Telescope) telescope, as well as other ground-based observatories. The system was named for the TRAPPIST telescope.

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, manages the Spitzer Space Telescope mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington. Science operations are conducted at the Spitzer Science Center at Caltech in Pasadena. Spacecraft operations are based at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, Littleton, Colorado. Data are archived at the Infrared Science Archive housed at Caltech/IPAC. Caltech manages JPL for NASA.

Image Source: http://www.spitzer.caltech.edu/images/6270-ssc2017-01b-Abstract-Concept-of-TRAPPIST-1-System

Curator: Spitzer Space Telescope, Pasadena, CA, USA

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Image Details

Image Type
Artwork
Object Name
TRAPPIST-1
Subject - Milky Way
Planet > Type > Terrestrial

Distance

Universescale1
40 light years
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ssc2017-01b
Subject Category
B.1.1.1  
Subject Name
TRAPPIST-1
Credits
NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (IPAC)
Release Date
2017-02-21
Lightyears
40
Redshift
40
Reference Url
http://www.spitzer.caltech.edu/images/6270-ssc2017-01b-Abstract-Concept-of-TRAPPIST-1-System
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Artwork
Image Quality
Good
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Equinox
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FITS Header
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Spitzer Space Telescope
URL
http://www.spitzer.caltech.edu
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1200 E. California Blvd.
City
Pasadena
State/Province
CA
Postal Code
91125
Country
USA
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Spitzer Science Center
Publisher ID
spitzer
Resource ID
ssc2017-01b.tif
Metadata Date
2017-02-22
Metadata Version
1.2
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Universescalefull
40 light years