Exoplanet Discovery Doodle: Google today dedicated its doodle to National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) new discovery.
Google today dedicated its doodle to National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) new discovery. This discovery was done by a Dutch-led international research team who used both ground and space-based telescopes and discovered a solar system which is just 40 light-years away with seven Earth-size planets revolving around a small star. This exciting news was announced on Wednesday by NASA. In a very special but temporary alteration of the logo, Google intended to celebrate the achievement of the space agency.
According to the new study, out of seven planets, the innermost three planets have limited regions and with conditions amenable to liquid water. The next three fall in the habitable zone where according to the astronomers, conditions for life – namely temperature and liquid water – are probable. Meanwhile, the seventh planet is circling the system’s dim star which is probably too cold for liquid water, as reported by Bloomberg. Though scientists have some serious studying to do before definitively saying whether any of the new planets are habitable.
NASA also tweeted a Graphics Interchange Format (GIF) that showed a 360° view of TRAPPIST-1d, one of the Earth-sized planets in the newly discovered system.
Take a 360° tour of TRAPPIST-1d, one of the Earth-sized plants in the newly discovered system ~40 light-years away: https://t.co/5mMKpRPcoc pic.twitter.com/RRuPiOleOe
— NASA (@NASA) February 22, 2017
Though before this discovery, astronomers had one solar system with four rocky planets to study – Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars. For now, the telescopes have already turned their attentions to the system and astronomers and scientists are hunting for extraterrestrial life.
The Google alters it’s logo on Google’s homepage so as to mark the celebration of holidays, achievements, events and people. And on Thursday the web giant pulled out all the stops to help commemorate this huge discovery with an animated Doodle.