The first planet beyond the solar system confirmed to have water

The watery exoplanet K2-18 b is surrounded by water vapor in this artist's illustration. (Credit: Alex Boersma) Astronomers have finally uncovered water vapor in the atmosphere of a super-Earth exoplanet orbiting within the habitable zone of its star. The find means that liquid water could also exist on the rocky world's surface, potentially even forming a global ocean. The discovery, made with NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, serves as the first detection of water vapor in the atmosphere

The first planet beyond the solar system confirmed to have water

Another tick in the box for habitability

Thu 12 Sep 19 from The Economist

K2-18b is like Earth, but not

Richard A Lovett explores the significance of finding water in an atmosphere 110 light-years away.

Thu 12 Sep 19 from Cosmos Magazine

Astronomers Find Water Vapor in Atmosphere of a Habitable-Zone Exoplanet for the First Time

The watery exoplanet K2-18 b is surrounded by water vapor in this artist's illustration. (Credit: Alex Boersma) Astronomers have finally uncovered water vapor in the atmosphere of a super-Earth ...

Wed 11 Sep 19 from Discover Magazine

Hubble telescope spies water raining on distant world

Nature, Published online: 11 September 2019; doi:10.1038/d41586-019-02721-2The exoplanet is just twice the diameter of Earth, and could potentially host life.

Wed 11 Sep 19 from Nature News

Water detected in atmosphere of alien planet, but it's not Earth as we know it, Jim!

An alien super-world 110 light years away from us is the first outside our solar system to have conditions that are potentially suitable to host life, astronomers ...

Wed 11 Sep 19 from ABC Science

Water found on 'mind-blowing' world

Astronomers discover water in the atmosphere of a "habitable" planet orbiting a distant star.

Wed 11 Sep 19 from BBC News

First water detected on potentially 'habitable' planet

K2-18b, which is eight times the mass of Earth, is now the only planet orbiting a star outside the Solar System, or 'exoplanet', known to have both water and temperatures that could support ...

Wed 11 Sep 19 from Phys.org

A distant planet has water vapor

Water seen for first time on an exoplanet of this size

Thu 12 Sep 19 from CandEN

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