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This video details a system of seven planets orbiting TRAPPIST-1, an ultra-cool dwarf star. Over 21 days, the Spitzer Space Telescope measured the drop in light as each planet passed in front of the star. Spitzer was able to identify a total of seven rocky worlds named TRAPPIST-1b (innermost) to TRAPPIST-1h (outermost). Three of the planets (e, f and g) orbit within the habitable zone.
 

At the right hand bottom of this page, you will find a link that you can click on to create an account. You will need to provide a username and password, as well as answer a visual "captcha" test. Users with text, speech, or legacy browsers will be unable to create an account if they cannot view this captcha image. If you are unable to view captchas, you can request for an account to be created for you here.

You won't be able to (easily) change your username once you choose it, so please pay attention to the recommendations you receive about usernames after you click that link.

You may be unable to create an account if it contains certain symbols (particularly the '@' symbol, as well as certain non-Latin characters) or words, or if it is too similar to that of an existing user. In that case, you may need to try a different name.

Once you have registered, you'll be ready to pitch in!

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However you choose to help, your help is welcome!