Trappist, Planets

What NASA's new planets have us thinking.

NASA stole the spotlight recently with the announcement that they've discovered of a whole bunch of new Earth-like planets! 

I’ll give you the micro-summary so you are exactly up to speed.

Huh? New Planets?


Yes! NASA’s uber cool space-hunter Spitzer Space Telescope sent info back that it had discovered a whole little solar system called Trappist-1 with a dwarf-star (like a little sun) in the centre, surrounded by at least seven Earth-sized planets.

These planets are labelled a, b, c, d, e, f and h (because the parents obviously couldn’t decide on real names yet). They are approximately 40 light years away so don’t start packing your bags yet. There is a possibility that they have water – and thus, the possibility of having life!

This got us wondering… if there really is life on these planets, is it going to be awesome, or maybe the next sequel to a horror?


Things people are going to be thinking now:

“Wow, maybe we can leave Earth and live elsewhere.”


“Geez, but Earth is so beautiful and I kinda want generations to love it always.” And on this note, if you don’t feel this way yet, binge-watch Planet Earth II on DStv Catch Up and get up to speed with the wonders of the Earth.


“Will the aliens be like ET or like the ones from Childhood’s End?” See what we mean by binge-watching Childhood’s End right here.


“NASA is clearly a homeboy who’s got our back.” So maybe check out NASA’s Greatest Missions on Thursdays at 16:00 on Discovery Family.


Freak out or not but while you're here, there’s some pretty out-of-this-world entertainment on DStv Now and DStv Catch Up (see what I did there?). Don’t be the last on the Earth to know what’s cracking in your favourite series. If you can’t catch it live, just planet better and Catch Up (oh this is too easy!).