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Observing the TRAPPIST-1 System

Alessia Kirkland

Next-gen telescopes are poised to explore whether an intriguing, newly discovered system could potentially harbor life.

This month’s OPN cover story looks at the Breakthrough Starshot mission—an ambitious scheme to send laser-driven nanoprobes to exoplanets such as Proxima Centauri in search of conditions for life. Discoveries early this year revealed another promising target for such a mission: A set of Earth-sized planets 40 light years from Earth, with three of them in the so-called habitable zone. This month’s infographic takes a closer look at the optics and telescopes that are poised to learn more about this intriguing system.

Publish Date: 01 May 2017

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