"Ultra-cool" Red Dwarf May Be Host To Habitable Planets

Image: NASA, artist depiction of the TRAPPIST-1 system, from NASA article.

NASA continues to search space for rocky planets orbiting nearby stars with the Kepler Space Telescope. Two such planets found by Kepler orbit the star TRAPPIST-1, a brown-dwarf 40 light-years from Earth, lie just outside the ideal "Goldilocks Zone" where water can exist in liquid for on the planet’s surface.

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