Google’s latest space-themed Doodle is exceptionally clever

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On Wednesday, a team of astronomers revealed the discovery of a planetary system less than 40 light years away containing seven Earth-sized planets. The system’s star is an ultracool dwarf, TRAPPIST-1, which is nothing to write home about—but astronomers gradually realized that the system has a plethora of planets, and three of them could support water oceans on their surface.

Google, as it often does, commemorated the discovery with a Doodle:

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Google Doodles have been around nearly as long as the search engine itself, with the first one commemorating Burning Man back in 1998:

This Doodle appeared in August 1998.

This Doodle appeared in August 1998.

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My personal favorite is probably 2010’s Pac-Man Doodle. Google turned the Doodle into a playable version of the early-80s arcade classic, even bringing Ms. Pac-Man along for a ride if you popped in another virtual quarter. The 2013 Winter Wonderland Doodle, which let users drive an 8-bit Zamboni to clean up after ice skaters and hockey players, is also up there. Some other animated Doodles:

Got a favorite Doodle? Share it in the comments below!

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