(MULTI) – IATE Term of the Week: exoplanet | TermCoord


On 22th of February 2017, NASA announced the exciting discovery of seven Earth-sized exoplanets orbiting nearby TRAPPIST-1, a small star in the constellation of Aquarius at less than 40 light-years from Earth.

What is an exoplanet? According to the Oxford Dictionary, an exoplanet is a planet which orbits a star outside the solar system.

This newly discovered planetary system is located in a temperate zone with temperature ranging from 0 to 100C, which means that the planets might have liquid water. This increases the likelihood of planetary habitability, i.e. presence of forms of life. In May 2016, astronomers firstly reported evidence of the …

via Terminology Coordination Unit [DGTRAD] – European Parliament


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