Scientists are discovering water in a planet that could be suitable for life

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The announcement was made in the results of the journal Nature Astronomy.

The discovery of water makes the distant planet K2-18b a reasonable candidate for life.

Scientists say that the water content of the planet reaches 50 percent of the atmosphere.

But it's not that easy: within 10 years, modern telescopes can determine if the planet contains gases that can be produced by living beings.

The principal investigator of the study, Professor Giovanna Tenetti of the University of London, stated that the discovery was "extraordinary".

"This is the first time we discover water in a planet that is in the habitable zone around a star. The temperature in this area is generally consistent with life."

Astronomers mean, for the valid life range, the area in which the planet at a distance from its star makes it suitable for the emergence of life on its surface.

The planet is about 111 light-years away, or 650 million miles away, so it's difficult to send a probe to explore.

Therefore, the only solution for scientists now is to wait for the next generation of space telescopes that should be created over the next decade and reliable in the discovery of gases in the planet's atmosphere and produced exclusively by living organisms.

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The announcement was made in the results of the journal Nature Astronomy.

The discovery of water makes the distant planet K2-18b a reasonable candidate for life.

Scientists say that the water content of the planet reaches 50 percent of the atmosphere.

But it's not that easy: within 10 years, modern telescopes can determine if the planet contains gases that can be produced by living beings.

The principal investigator of the study, Professor Giovanna Tenetti of the University of London, stated that the discovery was "extraordinary".

"This is the first time we discover water in a planet that is in the habitable zone around a star. The temperature in this area is generally consistent with life."

Astronomers mean, for the valid life range, the area in which the planet at a distance from its star makes it suitable for the emergence of life on its surface.

The planet is about 111 light-years away, or 650 million miles away, so it's difficult to send a probe to explore.

Therefore, the only solution for scientists now is to wait for the next generation of space telescopes that should be created over the next decade and reliable in the discovery of gases in the planet's atmosphere and produced exclusively by living organisms.

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