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Chance of extraterrestrial life given a boost as scientists reveal water is ‘likely’ to thousands of exoplanets

This artist’s concept of a planetary arrangement shows habitable zone planets with similarities to Earth: from left to right, Kepler-22b, Kepler-69c, the newly announced Kepler-452b, Kepler-62f and Kepler-186f. The last in the row is the Earth itself.

The search for extraterrestrial life is improved by an important discovery about exoplanets – planets located outside our solar system.

Scientists say that the “water worlds,” or planets that contain a lot of water, are actually very common.

A team of experts dig into data that has been obtained by the Kepler space telescope, as shown in the current Goldschmidt conference in Boston, USA.

Kepler has discovered more than 4,000 exoplanets so far, some of which could support extraterrestrial life.

 

And it turns out that about 35% of the planets larger than the Earth are “likely” to water.

Even more exciting, some are believed to be as much as 50% water – much more than the Earth’s 0.02% of water-weight.

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