Scientists discover water vapor in atmosphere of a super-Earth “K2-18b”
For the first time, the astronomers at the University College London have discovered water vapour in the atmosphere of an Earth-size planet called K2-18b. They used data from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. The exoplanet “K2-18b” is 8-times the mass of Earth and known as a super-Earth. It orbits a red dwarf star 110 light-years away from Earth in the Leo constellation. The planet was first discovered in 2015 by NASA’s Kepler spacecraft. An exoplanet refers to a planet beyond our solar system.
Topics: Astronomy , Cygnus , Discoveries of exoplanets , Exoplanetology , Exoplanets , Extraterrestrial water , K2-155d , K2-18b , Kepler space telescope , Planetary science , Search for extraterrestrial intelligence , Super-Earth