Big Discovery: James Webb Telescope Found Signs Of Life On K2 -18b!
K2-18b is an exoplanet located approximately 124 light-years away from Earth in the constellation Leo. It was discovered by the Kepler space telescope and confirmed as an exoplanet in 2015
K2-18b: a Hycean Planet
Take note: 2019 was K2-18b’s year. That year, astronomers had the Hubble space telescope’s mirror pointing at it, and they discovered something incredible.
Further research was conducted using the Hubble Space Telescope, enabling scientists to gather more information about the atmosphere of the planet.
So, what do scientists look for when they want to assess whether a planet is hosting life or not?
First, they make sure the planet is in the habitable region of its star. In the case of K2-18b, this holds.
Among the observations made by the James Webb Telescope is also the possible presence of dimethyl sulfide (DMS), a molecule which, at least on Earth, is produced only by biological activities.
So, is everything real or are we dreaming? For sure, the finding of DMS on K2-18b is not a dream.
The discovery of DMS (Dimethyl Sulfide) provides solid observational evidence rather than mere speculation. However, it is still possible that this finding could be a result of calibration errors in the measurements.
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