Water found on 'mind-blowing' world able to support life
Astronomers discover water in the atmosphere of a 'habitable' planet orbiting a distant star.Image caption Waterworld: up to 50% of the atmosphere of K2-18b may be composed of water Astronomers have 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 are have been published in the scientific journal . 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. The team looked through the planets discovered by the Hubble Space Telescope between 2016 and 2017. The researchers determined some of the chemicals in their atmosphere by studying the changes to the starlight as the planets orbited their suns. The light filtered through the planets' atmospheres was subtly altered by the composition of the atmosphere. Only K2-18b revealed the molecular signature of water, which is a vital ingredient for life on Earth. Computer modelling of the data suggested that up to 50% of its atmosphere could be water. The new planet is just over twice the size of Earth and has a temperature cool enough to have liquid water, between zero and 40C. Dr Angelos Tsiaras, a member of the UCL team, said that finding water in the atmosphere of a potentially habitable exoplanet was"incredibly exciting". He said:"It brings us closer to answering the fundamental question: Is the Earth unique?" K2-18b may be able to support life. But we have no way to tell at the moment. What is an exoplanet? Planets beyond our Solar System are called exoplanets The first exoplanet was discovered in 1992, orbiting a pulsar (a neutron star that emits electromagnetic radiation) More than 4,000 have been detected to date using several techniques Many of these worlds are large planets believed to resemble Jupiter or Neptune Many giant planets have been found orbiting very close to their stars It is 111 light years away which is around 650 million million miles, too far to send a probe. So the only option is to wait for the next generation of space telescopes to be launched in the 2020s and look for gasses in K2-18b's atmosphere that could only be produced by living organisms, according to UCL's Dr Ingo Waldmann. "This is one of the biggest questions in science and we have always wondered if we are alone in the Universe. Within the next 10 years, we will know whether there are chemicals that are due to life in those atmospheres." Long haul One difficulty with this approach, though, is that astronomers can't agree on which gases would constitute evidence of life. That might be more of a longer haul. It is likely to require a survey of the chemical composition of, perhaps, hundreds of worlds and an understanding of how they are created and evolve, according to Prof Tinetti. "The Earth really stands out in our own Solar System. It has oxygen, water and ozone. But if we find all that around a planet around a distant star we have to be cautious about saying that it supports life," she said. "This is why we need to understand not just a handful of planets in the galaxy but hundreds of them. And what we hope is that the habitable planets will stand out, that we will see a big difference between the planets that are habitable and the ones that are not." Image copyright Image caption ESA's Ariel mission in 2028 could help confirm the presence of life on other worlds Dr Beth Biller at Edinburgh University's Institute of Astronomy said she believed that evidence of life on a planet around a distant star would eventually be discovered. "That would be a paradigm shift for all of humanity," she told BBC News. "It's not going to be ET phoning home, necessarily - more likely microbes or some other simple life. Even so (when it happens) it's going to be huge". The prospective launch of Nasa's much delayed Read more: BBC News (UK)
Elle tourne autour d’une naine rouge ce n’est pas possible de voir de l’eau car elle risque d’être gelée And the humans still think that further developed civilizations would communicate through space in the 'message in a bottle style'. Subspace communication is how civilizations talk to another just in time.
Can I book a fortnight next September 🤔 Let’s go there and kick fuck out of it, this one is goosed. If we leave now, we’ll be there before Brexit’s done! Seriously....if you send someone there tomorrow they would be a corpse or dust on there arrival in 4089 ,but thats if the refuel supply craft in 3057 refuels on time.
Whaaaaaat...you can tell all that through you telescopes 650 million million miles ...but you cant see the moon buggies that was left on the moon..which is only 240,000miles ....come get real....answers would be nice...but I'm not expecting one Who shall we send Danzoxa Just in. Galactic police arrest earth scientists as peeping Toms.
Shitty Nestle lay claim to bottle it.
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Did you say K-Tatooine-B? But they don’t have Netflix Bull Shit Grand. Can we forget all the crap about plastic straws and no flying and get moving pleeeasse! Those bloody Evian bottles get everywhere😭 Can you book me onto the first shuttle to this new planet please? Got to be better than Earth at the present time. 👍🏼😊🚀🛸🛫
In the words of StephenHawking ... RUN, HIDE .. Send all our MPs to populate it! We dont want them Send sturgeon Corbyn McDonnell and all the undemocratic bunch you can round up WArp factor 6 Mr Scot says WilliamShatner
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into_thefrey into_thefrey Take me back... Wow and it’s a Brexit free zone. 👽👽👽👽😂😂😂😂 Great, even travelling at the speed of light....which we cannot do....it would only take 111 years to get there...hands up for that trip 😂 Send the remoaners then Oh another planet for us to mess up Send the BBC there as no one wants there biased propaganda here
...and the Apple Watch 5 launch today? “Orbiting this at a distance of ninety-eight million miles is an utterly insignificant little blue-green planet whose ape-descended life forms are so primitive that they still think digital watches are a pretty neat idea.” Douglas Adams K2-18b ... needs a catchier name imo.
Bollocks. The Bollocks Broadcasting Corporation It’s only 111 light years away. With current technology 11 light year trip would take 190,000 years. Best take a packed lunch.
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I wonder how long it will take for Trump to try and buy it 🤔 SHOTGUN Can we go there before Brexit tears this country apart? Great. Somewhere for the remainers to practice their brand of democracy. Great?....all science should be aimed at solving the climate crisis, then we can get on with vanity projects like this.
If is life on other planets they must be saying the inhabitants of this planet are a bunch of peeping Toms and shut their curtains. We should sent jeremycorbyn to see what it tastes like Catchy name Apparently the word ‘gullible’ has been removed from the dictionary?
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Send boris there Of course the Earth isnt unique. How did they find the water before finding any life? Or is it another story to generate funding Obviously not the Tory front bench then Just in the nick of time. See you there! Brexit Nonsense Wow...how naive and selfish we humans are. A possible life supporting planet and all we can think about is 'what's in it for us' or 'it'll take years to get there'. How about thinking of the prospect of OTHER life. I hope we never go there...i mean who'd want us!!!
Before we rush headlong looking for other worlds should we not try to put right some of the damage we’ve done to this one first? Clean up the seas, the air and stop hiding our polluted & toxic waste in holes in the ground Good to keep after this kind of search. Even though the distances and time are inconceivable as to travel plans, communication is not out of the question. And so many of the great discoveries have been by 'educated' accident, who knows?! Onward!
Just how distant exactly ?
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I've just spoken to Diane Abbott. She calculates its only 3 hours from St Pancras. The nearest star to Earth (other than the Sun) is some 4 light-years away and to reach it at a 'safe' speed through space (say 100,000 m.p.h.) would take a traveller over 20, 000 years. Warping space as in 'Star Trek' would need colossal energy even if it were feasible.
Are we going to infect this like we did our moon? Im about to go there to escape this Brexit Shambles! You better leave now mate. That's 111 years travelling at the speed of light to get there 🤔 Apparently theres already a starbucks on it Great, can we set off now cause I’ve had enough of this planet😂 The Great Controversy: Chapter (35) Liberty Of Conscience Threatened The Impending Conflict The Scriptures A Safeguard The Final Warning The Time Of Trouble
Don’t tell Netanyahu he’ll try and annex it. Fantastic send the remainers their see if they can survive
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Tell 'em not to drink it—unless they boil it first. Nice find. Might move there some day Send all the demented extreme left to the plant Oh my! :) Ha, ha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! No-one has discovered any water on any planet estimated to be 111 Light Years away. THAT'S HILARIOUS!! Scientists 'Claim' to have discovered water on Mars - and frankly THAT is also very skeptical.
That’s amazing Perhaps we could send all the remainers there. When do we go! I have had enough of living on this one in the current climate and not just the weather!!! Bruh, we already have water on Mars. Somewhat 😂 That is so cool 🙂
Can we send Brexiteers there? They'll probably get all the food they need, and can argue amongst themselves about how much they want to leave. Endlessly. SadhguruJV govardhanmath RajivMessage 🙏🏾 I suspect that's where the birds will migrate to. Be careful! Wherever there is a liquid water there exists nearby Black Holes
What’s the point? It’s over 110 million light years away (light travels 186000 miles per second so you work it out) & the planet may be infected with radiation. Meanwhile, back in Syria, atrocities continue.... Meanwhile, back in the UK, the country is collapsing from Brexit... Wow. Stunning find. Nestle to take it over
Can we send remoaners there?