How long would it take to travel to TRAPPIST-1?
With all of the global hype around the exciting discover of the TRAPPIST-1 solar system, we begin to wonder and ask questions. One of these questions is, “how long would it take to travel to the new solar system?” First, we must understand light-years, or how far light travels in an Earth year. In other words, around 5.8 trillion miles! After all, TRAPPIST-1 lies 40 light-years away, or 229 trillion miles!
Next, we have to think about how far various human vehicles can travel, and how much ground they could cover in one year.
As a result, we have the astounding figures in the above image! Basically, we won’t be visiting the alien world any time soon. Literally, no sooner than 158,617 years! But, humans are resilient and determined. So, with time and technology, maybe this will become reality!
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#TBT to lightyears and lightyears ago! ...or, away? On Wednesday, scientists announced the discovery of seven Earth-sized planets found orbiting a nearby star, about 40 lightyears from us. According to a Guardian article covering the development, the discovery “has raised hopes that the hunt for alien life beyond the solar system could start much sooner than previously thought.” We might not be so alone in this universe, after all! In light of this recent discovery, and the prospect of other forms of life sharing the galaxy with us, IVY Magazine sat down with the astrophysicist Richard Anantua to discuss the scientific underpinnings for our own existence in the Universe. How did we come to be in the What are the larger philosophical and existential concerns related to our special place on Earth? Link in bio for more! #IVYmagazine#IVYconnect