A Possible Water-World Found?

October 2, 2013 at 7:09 PM (astronomy topics, curious research, current news, extraterrestrial studies, science and technology, social opinion, web gossip)

We are getting closer!!!  Surely, it might not seem like it, yet we really might be looking at life on an alien world before we know it!  Indeed, that life might be our own!  Would not that be something!

These astronomers, and related scientific researchers have been working tirelessly to find out more and more of the intricacies to the details about all of what is within what we are understanding as outer space.  Currently, it has been a team of astronomers out of Japan who have come up with exciting discoveries regarding studies of an alien solar system that has been of recent scientific fascination.  Telescopic eyes from eastern Asia have been reviewing a potentially habitable world in a Gliese system!

Located roughly 42 light years away, the world Gliese 1214 b is found.  This is practically nearby, in terms of galactic distances.  The system is located within The Ophiuchus Constellation.

Scientists are excited about Gliese 1214 b because it seems highly possible that this world has a hydrogen-filled atmosphere, filled with clouds that could disperse water droplets!  Teams of investigators, including researchers lead by Dr. Michitoshi Yoshida at Hiroshima University of Japan, have been studying observed information about this world.  They have used tools aboard The Subaru Space Telescope, which include The FOCAS Optical Camera, and The Suprime Cam, to capture more detailed images of the distant world.

The planet itself is said to be 2.7 times the diameter of Earth.  It is seven times as massive as our world.  The hydrogen-filled atmosphere alludes to the presence of water!  Scientists indeed want to do further investigations, finding out whether or not water exists merely within the clouds, or if it can be found elsewhere on Gliese 1214 b.  An existence of water would be a bull’s eye for the ongoing search for extraterrestrial life, as water is what is needed ultimately for all that we understand as life!

super-Earth GJ 1214 b









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