NASA Found 7 New Earth-Like Planets
NASA made a big announcement on Wednesday: It found some planets.
The announcement certainly lived up to the high expectations, as rumors were swirling it would be about aliens... or life-threatening comets.
Instead, we now have new possibilities.
NASA announced it had discovered seven new planets.
Three are in a "habitable zone" -- meaning three are in the right space near a star to potentially have what you need to sustain life -- namely, liquid water.
This set a record for a NASA discovery with the most habitable-zone planets around a single star outside our solar system.
Oh yeah, and here's the other thing:
Don't get too excited about jetting over there quite yet. You might be thinking, "OMG, cool! Let's go live there since we've messed this one up with pollution and stupidity!"
But, well, the newly discovered planets are still super far away. They're about 235 trillion miles (40 light-years) outside of our solar system.
Now, I know what you're going to ask next.
Seriously, I know where this is going.
You want to know if there are aliens up there, right? I know I'm wondering it. And lots of folks are thinking the same.
And the answer is... well... I'm not really sure, but the NASA people are HYPED.
Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington, said in a press release,
This discovery could be a significant piece in the puzzle of finding habitable environments, places that are conducive to life. 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.
That's the kinda quote that makes you say "ho-ly shiiiiiit fam, we're not alone, maybe!"
But in all seriousness, this is a really neat, groundbreaking discovery. Space is amazing. Yay NASA!