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Seven new planets discovered

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Published: 7.16.2017
Level 6   |   Time: 2:28
Accent: British
Source: BBC News (2.22.2017)

Seven planets similar to Earth were recently discovered in one solar system.


    

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  1. REVIEW the vocabulary / background.
  2. WATCH the video.
  3. ANSWER the questions.
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triangle Vocabulary


  • startling [adj] - surprising
  • faint [adj] - hard to see or hear
  • spotted [v] - seen / discovered
  • an array [n] - a group
  • dimmer [adj] - to go around something
  • composition [n] - the material in something
  • mass [n] - weight (size)
  • a revelation [n] - a surprising and previously unknown fact
  • a solar system [n] - a group of planets and the star that they orbit
  • well over [n] - much more than
  • the sheer number [exp] - the big amount
  • the habitable zone [exp] - the area/distance that will allow life to exist
  • tantalizing [exp] - exciting
  • a light year [adj] - the distance light travels in one year
  • an ultra-cool star [n] - a star that is less hot (than our sun)
  • populace [adj] - common

[n] - noun,  [v] - verb,  [adj] - adjective,  [exp] - expression


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  1. The star is stronger than our sun.
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    False

  2. All of the planets are quite similar to Earth.
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    False

  3. The planets were detected using one telescope.
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  4. Scientists were able to detect the planets because the star became dimmer when the planets passed in front of it.
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    False

  5. Scientists are able to see the planets with strong telescopes.
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    False

  6. The planets are similar to Earth in composition, size and mass.
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    False

  7. All of the planets are able to have liquid water.
    True
    False

  8. More than 5000 planets have been discovered in the last 25 years.
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    False

  9. All of these planets are the perfect distance from their sun to be able to host life.
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    False

  10. It will take 700 years to reach the planets using our current technology.
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    False

  11. This type of ultra-cool star is rare in our galaxy.
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    False

  12. New telescopes being developed will allow us to learn more about these planets.
    True
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