ORONO- Scientists may be one step closer to finding life on other planets.
Today, NASA announced the discovery of seven new earth sized planets.
The planets are 40 light years away, circling around a star called Trappist 1.
And the coolest part, three of them may have liquid water, one of the critical factors needed for life.
“I mean of course we do know that there is a lot of space in our galaxy, and we keep discovering more and more of these exoplanets. So if there are ones that are the right distance from their star with the right conditions, then it might be possible for life to evolve,” said Shawn Laatsch, director of Emera Astronomy Center.
Laatsch says it may be a very long time before we have those answers.
However, scientists plan to use high-tech telescopes to study the system and the planets’ atmospheres.