NASA Depicts What It Would Look Like On The Surface Of Planet TRAPPIST-1d
On February 22, 2017, NASA publicly announced their discovery of a solar system called TRAPPIST-1. This particular solar system is home to several planets that may hold life. TRAPPIST-1 is about 40 light years away from where we currently live. In relative terms, that is not too far of a distance from our own solar system. There are seven planets in that solar system that resembles our own planet with similar atmospheres. They orbit a dwarf star which emits enough light and heat to possibly hold life. Due to the excitement of this recent discovery, NASA released a 360 video of what it might be like on one of the planets named TRAPPIST-1d.
“The depiction is based on the latest scientific data about this planetary system, and this world’s sister planets can be seen as bright points of light in a dark sky,” said NASA. “Each world is roughly in Earth’s size range, in terms of both mass and diameter. Further observations will be needed to determine whether any or all of these worlds might be habitable.”
In the immersive video, you can spin and turn to see what TRAPPIST-1d looks like. NASA has added facts throughout the short video on what they currently know about the planet and solar system. You can see a mass of liquid which might be water and formations of landscape which can indicate a presence of atmosphere.
In the picture above, the planet with a letter “d” underneath depicts TRAPPIST-1d shown in NASA’s VR video. While we can’t be sure what the planet actually looks like, we got some of the smartest people in the world at NASA telling us this is what they believe to be true of TRAPPIST-1d. So we’ll just believe this to be an accurate depiction of the mysterious planet.
This 360 immersive video of TRAPPIST-1d can be viewed through Google Cardboard, PlayStation VR, and Google Daydream for a VR experience. Simply open the YouTube VR app and experience what it may be like to visit this foreign, earth-like planet.