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Huge astronomy news: water discovered on earth-like planet for first time
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In a first for astronomers studying worlds beyond our solar system, data from the Hubble Space Telescope have revealed water vapor in the atmosphere of an Earth-size planet. Although this exoplanet orbits a star that is smaller than our sun, it falls within what’s known as the star’s habitable zone, the range of orbital distances where it would be warm enough for liquid water to exist on a planet’s surface.

The discovery, announced this week in two independent studies, comes from years of observations of the exoplanet K2-18b, a super-Earth that’s about 111 light-years from our solar system. Discovered in 2015 by NASA’s Kepler spacecraft, K2-18b is very unlike our home world: It’s more than eight times the mass of Earth, which means it’s either an icy giant like Neptune or a rocky world with a thick, hydrogen-rich atmosphere.

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According to the scientists leading the observation of the planet, we should know in ten years whether there is life


Image: https://en.es-static.us/upl/2019/09/K2-18b-artist-concept-super-Earth-water-vapor-Sep-11-2019-800x467.jpg


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Aliens meme


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Say goodbye to your planet, aliens, we're about to colonize the frick out of it.
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I’ll go- this planet has gone to shite


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According to the scientists leading the observation of the planet, we should know in ten years whether there is life


Not the way we think it’ll be. Like usual.


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Must be getting close to budget cutting time


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that’s about 111 light-years from our solar system.
Wake me up when we get there.


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According to the scientists leading the observation of the planet, we should know in ten years whether there is life
Now that Planet Wakanda has found out that we're onto them, they’ll take preemptive measures to make sure we don’t wreck their shite like we’re doing here on Earth.

tl/dr: We ain’t got 10 years.


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Darth_Vader
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According to the scientists leading the observation of the planet, we should know in ten years whether there is life



I’ve often wondered what affect on society it would have if we found proof, not just evidence, but proof of alien life.

Thoughts?


JetsetNuggs
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I doubt we'd come together as a species like in Independence Day.

Let's face it, our species is a bunch of a-holes. We'd still find something to hate each other.


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MorbidTheClown
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I’ll go- this planet has gone to shit


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I’ll go unless that planet has a democrat president


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Very interesting discovery, but at 8x Earth’s mass, that atmosphere is going to be thicker than Venus’.


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data from the Hubble Space Telescope have revealed water vapor in the atmosphere of an Earth-size planet

Meh, aliens probably put a giant mirror at the end of the universe and astronomers are just seeing Earth’s reflection from a kagillion zillion light years away.


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Wake me up when we get there.



but, not before. i saw the movie.


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Say goodbye to your planet, aliens, we're about to colonize the frick out of it.



Image: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Dtf-h_uVAAA0tFj.jpg


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we should know in ten years whether there is life


Where do you see this?


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