Results for - Water detected in atmosphere of potentially habitable super-Earth!

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Astronomers have, for the first time, discovered water in the atmosphere of a planet orbiting within the habitable zone of a distant star. The finding makes the world - which is called K2-18b - a plausible candidate in the search for alien life. Within 10 years, new space telescopes might be able to determine whether K2-18b's atmosphere contains gases that could be produced by living organisms. The detection of water vapor in the atmosphere of this exoplanet is particularly exciting to the researchers because the exoplanet also lies within the habitable zone of its star, which includes the right temperatures for liquid water to exist on the surface of the planet and potentially support life as we understand it.

1. Are you aware of this discovery?

Yes
23%
684 votes
No
77%
2,316 votes

2. Do you think that Earth is the only planet where life exists?

Yes
18%
544 votes
No
57%
1,709 votes
Undecided
25%
747 votes

3. "With so many new super-Earths expected to be found over the next couple of decades, it is likely that this is the first discovery of many potentially habitable planets," said Ingo Waldmann, study co-author and lecturer in extrasolar planets at the University College London's Centre for Space Exochemistry Data. Would you like to leave earth and live on another habitable planet?

Yes
16%
482 votes
No
56%
1,667 votes
Undecided
28%
851 votes

4. Do you think that by looking through telescopes the scientists can accurately figure out the amount of water in its atmosphere?

Yes
20%
602 votes
No
32%
960 votes
Undecided
48%
1,438 votes
09/13/2019 Trivia 3084 43 By: Tellwut

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