2 Studies, 1 Planet! Inside a Race to Discover a Water Vapor World

An artistic rendering of K2-18b. | Image by Alex Boersma Water vapor has been found in the atmosphere of a distant planet thatís just over twice the size of Earth. Itís the smallest world yet found with water in its surrounding atmosphere, and itís possible that it even rains liquid water there. That makes this world a tantalizing candidate in the ongoing search for extraterrestrial life outside our cosmic neighborhood. Finding water around an exoplanet (a world outside our Solar System) is particularly exciting for scientists because water is a critical ingredient for life on our planet. It could equally be pivotal for life that exists elsewhere in the Universe. Researchers have found this precious molecule around exoplanets before, but these worlds have not been suitable places for life to... Continue reading…

2 Studies, 1 Planet! Inside a Race to Discover a Water Vapor World

Water vapor, and likely clouds that rain liquid water, have been discovered on an exoplanet that lies in the habitable zone of its star. But there's an issue.

Sat 14 Sep 19 from SPACE.com

A Visit to Watery Super-Earth Alien Planet K2-18 b Would Be Super-Strange

The alien planet K2-18 b would be a truly exotic vacation destination.

Thu 12 Sep 19 from SPACE.com

Mysterious Alien Planet Has Water in Its Atmosphere. Could Life Survive There?

In a major first, scientists have detected water vapor and possibly even liquid water clouds on a strange exoplanet that lies in the habitable zone of its host star about 110 light-years from ...

Wed 11 Sep 19 from Livescience

Discovery! Water Vapor ó and Likely Clouds, Rain, Too ó Found on Strange Alien Planet, Wed 11 Sep 19 from SPACE.com

Water detected on an exoplanet located in its star's habitable zone

Montreal, Canada (SPX) Sep 12, 2019 Ever since the discovery of the first exoplanet in the 1990s, astronomers have made steady progress towards finding and probing planets located in the ...

Fri 13 Sep 19 from SpaceDaily

Water detected on an exoplanet located in its star's habitable zone, Wed 11 Sep 19 from Eurekalert

Water Detected on an Exoplanet Located in Its Star's Habitable Zone, Wed 11 Sep 19 from Newswise

Research redefines lower limit for planet size habitability

Boston MA (SPX) Sep 12, 2019 In The Little Prince, the classic novella by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, the titular prince lives on a house-sized asteroid so small that he can watch the sunset ...

Fri 13 Sep 19 from SpaceDaily

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