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Scientists have discovered that the amount of water vapor in the atmosphere is that of a “super-Earth” exoplanet may be habitable temperatures. The discovery, which is being touted as a major milestone, and can have a large impact on the search for life outside our solar system.
The Experts from University College London, has identified water vapor in the atmosphere of the K2-18b, that is, it is 110 light-years away from Earth. The use of a light-year, which measures the distance in space equivalent to a little less than 6 trillion miles).
“F2-18b, that is, eight times the mass of the Earth is the only planet in orbit around a star outside our own solar system, or extrasolar planet known to have water, and temperatures that can support life,” the researchers said in a statement.
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A study of the details of the research, which was published in the journal, Nature, Astronomy.
An Artist’s impression of the extrasolar planet K2-18b, the display of the planet to the star and its planet.
(ESA/Hubble and M. Kornmesser)
“The finding of water in a potentially habitable world other than Earth, it is incredibly exciting to watch. F2-18b, it is not the ‘Earth 2.0’, as it is much heavier and has a different atmospheric composition,” said lead author Angelos Tsiaras, D. Ph. of the catholic university of louvain Center for Space Exochemistry of the Data in the certificate. However, it brings us closer to the answer to the fundamental question: Is Earth unique?”
F2-18b was discovered by NASA’s Kepler space telescope, in 2015.
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The data collected by the Hubble Space Telescope in 2016 and 2017, was used for the study is the starlight filtered through the atmosphere of the extrasolar planet. The results showed that the molecular signature of water vapour, also, with an indication of the presence of hydrogen and of helium in the atmosphere of the planet,” UCL said in a statement.
Experts believe that the nitrogen and methane molecules in the atmosphere of the planet, but at this stage is not to find. F2-18b is likely to be exposed to more radiation than the Earth because of the dwarf star it orbits, according to the researchers.
The project has received financial support from the European Research Council and the uk Science and Technology Facilities Council, which is part of the united kingdom of great britain, Research and Innovation.
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The british secretary of state for business and energy, and industrial strategy’, Andrea Leadsom, says the researchers ‘ findings. “This is a discovery by uk researchers has taken a great leap forward in this process, open up a new world of possibilities,” she said. “The secrets of the universe are out there, and I’m very, very proud of is that our government-sponsored researchers and the local authorities are at the forefront of efforts to unlock the answers to mysteries that have endured for centuries.”
In a separate project, scientists have recently used in NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, to be found on an extrasolar planet, with three red suns.
Astronomers have recently spotted a giant extrasolar planet which they say is unlike any other.
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Planet of the HR 5183 (b) has three times the mass of Jupiter, and travels at an unbelievable, long, egg-shaped path around its star, according to Caltech, which has led to the investigation. The planet, it takes from 45 to 100 years of age is required in order to get a job, Caltech, noted in a statement.
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