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Sep 12, 2019 at 19:19

Scientists Find Water For The First Time On A Potentially Habitable Exoplanet

by Sparsh Mudgal

According to NDTV, Scientists have found water for the first time in the atmosphere of an exoplanet with Earth-like temperatures on Wednesday, September 11. 

Source: Wikipedia

K2-18b, a planet outside our solar system, is eight times the mass of Earth and twice as big. 

The exoplanet orbits in its star's habitable zone, at a distance that is neither too far nor too close, meaning water can exist in liquid form. 

Source: The Verge

Co-author of the study, which was published in a journal named Nature Astronomy, told AFP

This planet is the best candidate we have outside our solar system. We cannot assume that it has oceans on the surface but it is a real possibility. 
Source: Universe Today

Out of the 4,000 exoplanets detected to date, this is the first one to combine a rocky surface and also possess an atmosphere with water. 


Most exoplanets don't have atmospheres and are giants balls of gas. 

Source: Business Insider

K2-18b orbits a red dwarf star that is approximately 110 light years or a million billion kilometres away and falls in the Leo constellation of the Milky Way. 


ARIEL, a space-based stargazing instrument will canvas some 1000 exoplanets and is slated for a 2028 launch. 

Source: Astronomy Now

With more than 4,000 exoplanets detected, there is a future possibility that life can exist beyond the realms of planet Earth. 

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