The Alien Planets of TRAPPIST-1 Are Already Inspiring Great Art, Poetry, and Writing



Imagine standing on a world 40 light-years from Earth. You look up, and see other planets slowing moving through the sky, sisters to the world you find yourself on.

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You notice that it’s relatively dark, because the star you’re orbiting is dim, and far smaller than the sun. But you’re still warm, thanks to the infrared light emitted by the ultracool dwarf star.

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This could be a vision of what we’d see if we traveled to one of the seven Earth-sized planets orbiting TRAPPIST-1, a small, dim star about 235 trillion miles from our home.

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“As scientists, we thought that one way to communicate how excited we are about this new system, is to allow artist to imagine what it would like there,” the intro to the stories section of the website says. “Please enjoy these works keeping in mind that those are mostly works of fiction, written with artistic licence!”

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