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NASA Delivers A TED-Like Presentation To Announce Earth-Size Planets
By: Forbes
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When two astronomers bump into each other in the hallway, one doesn’t say to the other: “We’ve discovered seven Earth-sized planets in the Goldilocks Zone just 40 light years away.”

The astronomers might say: “The transiting configuration of seven temperate exo-planets around the ultracool dwarf star TRAPPIST-1, located 12 parsecs away, are well-suited for atmospheric configuration.”

Both explanations are accurate and both were used to announce the exciting discovery of seven Earth-sized planets near the star, TRAPPIST-1. But they were used for different audiences. The second paragraph appeared in the actual scientific paper explaining the discovery for the academic community. The first explanation was delivered by some of the very same scientists—for the rest of us.

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