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Hubble telescope finds water could be on several Earth-size planets

Results from the Hubble Space Telescope suggest there could be substantial amounts of water on some of the seven, Earth-sized planets orbiting the dwarf star TRAPPIST-1, which is 40 lightyears away, according to a Hubble Space Telescope press release.

Why it matters: Three of these planets fall within Trappist-1's 'habitable zone', which means the planets are the right distance from their star to theoretically support life. When they were discovered earlier this year, scientists suspected there would be water on these planets, but this is the first evidence that it hasn't been all been blown away by the star's radiation.

MIT's Julien de Wit, a co-author on the study: "This concludes that a few of these outer planets could have been able to hold onto some water, if they accumulated enough during their formation. But we need to gather more information and actually see a hint of water, which we haven't found yet."