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JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Arguably the most exciting solar system studied this year—beyond our own, of course—could fulfill an important likely prerequisite for finding life beyond Earth, according to a new paper published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The paper looks at what sort of atmosphere could surround each of the seven rocky, Earth-sized planets that orbit a star known as TRAPPIST-1. An atmosphere is basically a giant gas blanket that can help protect a planet from the barrage of dangerous radiation that can otherwise come from a star. read more


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