This week has revealed some of the most important astronomical discoveries in recent years. The red star TRAPPIST-1 has orbiting seven planets similar in size to Earth, and with conditions that make them candidates to harbor life.
After the announcement, we have seen all sorts of theories and comments, and even learned about the interesting process that led to this discovery. However, the possibilities of visiting and knowing them are still minimal, as they are located about 40 light years from us. But now, for the first time we are facing the possibility of knowing them, at least from a virtual form from our computer.
Traveling 40 light years without leaving the Earth
The famous 3D space simulator Space Engine has become famous for its incredible ability to recreate space according to the data that we have currently available, where an important part of its success has been the collaboration of users, who usually develop packages to update the content Of the simulator.
This time, on the occasion of the announcement last Wednesday, Vladimir Romanyuk published a downloadable package for spaceengine, which contains the new seven planets based on published data and some scientific predictions. Romanyuk has also designed each planet according to the illustrations published by NASA.
To do this trip it is necessary to download Space Engine and install it on a compatible computer, later download the TRAPPIST-1 package and place it in the' addons / ' folder inside the simulator. Once this is done, we will be able to get closer to exploring these new seven planets.
If for some reason you do not have a compatible Space Engine computer, or do not have time to install or navigate on your own, Anton Petrov has published a complete video on YouTube with a trip through these planets inside the simulator.