Alien life. Water in the atmosphere of an extrasolar planet

Alien life. Water in the atmosphere of an extrasolar planet
Ignacio Zara

Ces another Heaven. Photo attribution Gale Titus

Alien life needs water. Now, scientists first detected water in the atmosphere of an extra-solar planet similar to Jupiter. Is another sign that extraterrestrial life can exist?

“I believe in aliens. I think it would be way too selfish of us as mankind to believe we are the only lifeforms in the universe.” Demi Lovato.

A new technique developed by researchers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) has made possible this great discovery. It’s a technique focus on discovering planets in the Milky Way, with similar characteristics to our Earth and with water. No doubt, we dislike to be alone in the Universe.

Thus, researchers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), in collaboration with other institutions, have used this new technique to analyze the gaseous atmospheres of extra-solar planets and have made the first detection of water in the atmosphere of a planet similar to Jupiter and orbiting the nearby star ‘Tau Bootis b’. Great!


Letter A, an Alien glow. Photo by Piotr Siedlecki

Alexandra Lockwood, main responsible of the research, explained in a work published by The Astrophysical Journal Letters, that water vapor had already been detected in a handful of planets, but these investigations could only take place in very specific circumstances. Now, with different criteria, discoveries can be easier.

Congratulations! This is the first step to find alien life and maybe better, maybe worse worlds than this blue one which we love.

“If aliens visit us, the outcome would be much as when Columbus landed in America, which didn’t turn out well for the Native Americans.” Stephen Hawking.

Anyway, this new technique is currently limited to the so-called “hot Jupiter”, gas giant planets such as ‘Tau Bootis b’ or those planets that are large and orbit very close to their parent star.

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Alien airship. Photo by Vince Mig

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