The Reading / Listening - TRAPPIST-1 - Level 2

Since the discovery of the TRAPPIST-1 solar system, scientists have been discussing whether the planets in it could contain life. TRAPPIST-1 contains a small sun and seven Earth-sized planets, similar to our own solar system. NASA scientist Michael Gillon said three of the planets get as much heat from its sun as Earth gets from our Sun. He said this provides the right environment for life to exist. TRAPPIST-1 is in a star system called Aquarius nearly 40 light-years away from Earth. Its sun is smaller and less bright than our Sun, but could support life.



Michael Gillon said: "If you were on the surface of one of these planets, you would have a wonderful view of the other planets. You wouldn't see them like we see Venus or Mars, like dots of light. You would see them really as we see the Moon. You would see the structures on these worlds." Scientist Dr Jessie Christiansen said life can live anywhere. She said bacteria can survive in caves that are 130-degrees centigrade and things can live at the bottom of the ocean where there is no light. She said it is possible for there to be life on some of the TRAPPIST-1 planets.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    TRAPPIST-1 - Level 0 TRAPPIST-1 - Level 1   or  TRAPPIST-1 - Level 3

Sources
  • http://sciexaminer.com/news/space/earth-2-0-trappist-1-host-another-earth-2357.html
  • http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2017/0227/Could-the-TRAPPIST-1-worlds-harbor-alien-life
  • http://www.space.com/35811-life-on-trappist-1-earth-like-exoplanets.html


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Since the
  2. seven Earth-
  3. similar to our own solar
  4. the right environment
  5. TRAPPIST-1 is in a star system
  6. nearly 40 light-
  7. Its sun is smaller and less
  8. support
  1. years away from Earth
  2. called Aquarius
  3. life
  4. bright than our Sun
  5. system
  6. discovery
  7. sized planets
  8. for life to exist

Paragraph 2

  1. If you were on the surface of
  2. a wonderful view of the other
  3. dots
  4. bacteria can survive
  5. 130-degrees
  6. live at the bottom
  7. where there is no
  8. She said it is possible
  1. in caves
  2. light
  3. centigrade
  4. for there to be life
  5. of light
  6. one of these planets
  7. planets
  8. of the ocean

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Since (1) ___________________ the TRAPPIST-1 solar system, scientists have been discussing whether the planets in it could contain life. TRAPPIST-1 (2) ___________________ sun and seven Earth-sized planets, (3) ___________________ solar system. NASA scientist Michael Gillon said three of the planets get as much heat (4) ___________________ Earth gets from our Sun. He said this provides the right environment (5) ___________________. TRAPPIST-1 is in a star system called Aquarius nearly 40 light-years away from Earth. Its (6) ___________________ less bright than our Sun, but could support life.

Michael Gillon said: "If (7) ___________________ surface of one of these planets, you would (8) ___________________ view of the other planets. You wouldn't see them like we see Venus or Mars, (9) ___________________. You would see them really as we see the Moon. You would see the (10) ___________________ worlds." Scientist Dr Jessie Christiansen said life can live anywhere. She said bacteria can (11) ___________________ that are 130-degrees centigrade and things can live at the bottom of the ocean where (12) ___________________. She said it is possible for there to be life on some of the TRAPPIST-1 planets.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

SincethediscoveryoftheTRAPPIST-1solarsystem,scientistshavebee
ndiscussingwhethertheplanetsinitcouldcontainlife.TRAPPIST-1con
tainsasmallsunandsevenEarth-sizedplanets,similartoourownsolars
ystem.NASAscientistMichaelGillonsaidthreeoftheplanetsgetasmuch
heatfromitssunasEarthgetsfromourSun.Hesaidthisprovidestheright
environmentforlifetoexist.TRAPPIST-1isinastarsystemcalledAquar
iusnearly40light-yearsawayfromEarth.Itssunissmallerandlessbrig
htthanourSun,butcouldsupportlife.MichaelGillonsaid:"Ifyouwereon
thesurfaceofoneoftheseplanets,youwouldhaveawonderfulviewofthe
otherplanets.Youwouldn'tseethemlikeweseeVenusorMars,likedotso
flight.YouwouldseethemreallyasweseetheMoon.Youwouldseethestr
ucturesontheseworlds."ScientistDrJessieChristiansensaidlifecanliv
eanywhere.Shesaidbacteriacansurviveincavesthatare130degrees-centigradeandthingscanliveatthebottomoftheoceanwherethereisn
olight.ShesaiditispossiblefortheretobelifeonsomeoftheTRAPPIST1p
lanets.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

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Discussion — Write your own questions

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Free writing

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