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Sunday, October 13, 2013

Water Rich Rocky Planetary Body Found Orbiting a White Dwarf

Scientists at the Universities of Warwick and Cambridge have discovered large amount of water in the debris of an exoplanet that is surrounding a white dwarf star called GD61. This finding suggests  the existence of earth-like habitable bodies.

 The observation was made using the Hubble Space Telescope and the Keck telescope in Hawaii.  This new discovery claims that the star GD 61 and its planetary system that is located 150 light years away, once had the potential to hold Earth like exoplanets.

This is the first time that the astronomers have discovered two major elements essential for habitation i.e. 'water' and 'rocky surface', beyond our solar system.

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