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[BBC News] Water found for first time on potentially habitable planet

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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.

Details were published in the scientific journal Nature Astronomy.

The lead scientist, Prof Giovanna Tinetti of University College London (UCL), described the discovery as "mind blowing".

"This is the first time that we have detected water on a planet in the habitable zone around a star where the temperature is potentially compatible with the presence of life," she said.
Source - https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-49648746

This is crazy huge news!


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110 light years away?
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Apparently, they found water on our moon, so why would they not find water on earth like sweet spot/goldilocks planetary zone.

I mean is this suppose to be a reveal? I could have predicted this and I'm no magician into Astromancy like they are.

Those in power are preparing us for a big delusion; an alien life reveal.

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Quote: Originally Posted by Gunderman456 View Post
Apparently, they found water on our moon, so why would they not find water on earth like sweet spot/goldilocks planetary zone.

I mean is this suppose to be a reveal? I could have predicted this and I'm no magician into Astromancy like they are.

Those in power are preparing us for a big delusion; an alien life reveal.
Probably ran out of bullets on their drones to deter people from getting into Area 51.

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Supports "life", as we know it, don't forget they are only looking for what we already know, there may well be life on planets that are not suitable for easy human habitation.

Would be nice to see that pixel of an image they drew their magical revolutionary conclusion from.
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Supports "life", as we know it, don't forget they are only looking for what we already know, there may well be life on planets that are not suitable for easy human habitation.
There is plenty of deep-sea life on THIS planet (in an environment very hostile for humans) so why not elsewhere?

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There is plenty of deep-sea life on THIS planet (in an environment very hostile for humans) so why not elsewhere?
I think that was his point. There may be rock monsters that eat gems for all we know. This universe is huge! (I know. Understatement of the ages.)
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great, another planet for humanity to ruin...
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great, another planet for humanity to ruin...


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This probably means that the conditions appropriate for life are common in the universe. What we don't yet know how probable it is for living things to emerge in such conditions.
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Clickbait type news, released for the sensationalism factor. Sure, it is an important discovery, but still speculation.


And, we still haven't ruined any planets, even our own...

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