Two Planets Filled With Water Discovered in Space

Two planets containing ample amounts of water were discovered by NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope. These two planets are 50 percent bigger than our earth. They are orbiting around a red dwarf star. They are named Kepler-138c and Kepler-138d.

Usually, the possibility of life is associated with water.  So, the existence of extra-terrestrial living beings on these planets can be a possibility, argue people on social media. But checking out whether life exists on these watery planets may not be possible in our lifetime. Both of them are 218 light-years away in the Lyra constellation.

As per a detailed report regarding this discovery published in the journal Nature Astronomy, the planets, which are about one and a half times the size of the Earth, were discovered along with its host star by Nasa’s Kepler Space Telescope.

The presence of water on these planets was not detected directly. Astronomers compared the sizes and masses of the planets to various models to come to the conclusion that around half of the mass of these planets is made of materials that are lighter than rock but heavier than hydrogen or helium. And such material can be water.

It is the first time astronomers have come across planets that can be identified as water worlds.

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