- NASA: We've discovered seven new exoplanets!
- People: Yawn. Add 'em to the pile.
- NASA: They're all Earthlike! They might have liquid water and life!
- People: But they're probably all spread out all over.
- NASA: Nope! Seven Earthlike planets, all orbiting the same star.
- People: Okay, sure, but that star's probably halfway across the universe.
- NASA: Only 40 light years! We could send and receive communications in a human lifetime!
- People: Wow, that is kind of cool. Let's start communicating! Let's send a probe! Hell, I'll volunteer to get on the generation ship if it means leaving this nightmare hellscape.
- NASA: We'll start figuring out the message.
- People: This almost sounds too good to be true! By the way, what star did you say they orbit?
- NASA: Trappist-1.
- People: Trappist-1.
- NASA: That's right.
- People: The improbably large set of Earthlike planets orbiting a single star at such a distance that they might all be capable of harboring life, close enough to Earth that we could maybe send messages or visit, orbits a star named "Trappist-1."
- NASA: That's right! I'm gonna start beaming out the message.
- People: What could possibly go wrong?
Whenever I see relationships like yours I get really discouraged because I'm 17 and have never done anything with a boy; barely even talked to one.