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NASA’s Hubble Finds Water Vapor on Habitable-Zone Exoplanet for 1st Time

14 Sep 2019, 11:42 UTC
NASA’s Hubble Finds Water Vapor on Habitable-Zone Exoplanet for 1st Time ESA/Hubble, M. Kornmesser)

GREENBELT, Md. (NASA PR) — Its size and surface gravity are much larger than Earth’s, and its radiation environment may be hostile, but a distant planet called K2-18b has captured the interest of scientists all over the world. For the first time, researchers have detected water vapor signatures in the atmosphere of a planet beyond our solar system that resides in the “habitable zone,” the region around a star in which liquid water could potentially pool on the surface of a rocky planet.

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