A little known planet that is about 110-light-years away from our solar system might be able to host life, a new study has found.
Astronomers at the Centre for Space Exochemistry Data at the University College London (UCL) detected water vapour in the atmosphere of the K2-18b “exoplanet,” a planet outside our solar system, between the mass of Earth and Neptune, that also has the right temperatures that could support life.
“Finding water on a potentially habitable world other than Earth is incredibly exciting,” Angelos Tsiaras, study author and research associate at the centre said in a press release on Wednesday.
The team used data from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope to find water vapour in the atmosphere of K2-18b, by analysing starlight filtered through the exoplanet’s atmosphere. The report was published in the