Almost 40 lightyears away in the constellation of Aquarius lies TRAPPIST-1: a planetary system discovered using the ‘transit method’, with at least seven planets orbiting an ultra cool dwarf star much smaller than our Sun and only slightly larger than the planet Jupiter. The initial discovery was made by TRAPPIST, the TRAnsiting Planets and PlanetesImals Small Telescope. Additional planets were subsequently identified using TRAPPIST, the Spitzer space telescope, the Very Large Telescope, UKIRT, the Liverpool Telescope and the William Herschel Telescope.
This mini fulldome simulation shows what it might look like if you could stand on one of the outer planets, looking back at the red dwarf star at the centre of this system.
Category: Astronomy, Exoplanets
Running time: 1 min
Suitable for: KS1 and above