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
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