Fire and Ice: A New World Discovered

Fire and Ice
Reports are coming in of a newly discovered giant water-world, a mere 40 light years away from Earth. The planet is said to be over two and a half times bigger than Earth, and observations from the Hubble Telescope indicate that most of the planet’s mass is water. It is also said to have a hazy atmosphere, and is only two million kilometres away from its sun, a red dwarf star. The proximity of the planet to the sun indicates that the temperatures on the planet will be a balmy 200C.

It is also believed that there are other ‘exotic’ materials on the planet, which was first discovered back in 2009.

The star the planet orbits is in the Ophiuchus constellation, which, when looking toward the southern celestial pole of the sky, it isn’t too far away from the Phoenix constellation that I happened to write about a few weeks ago. Ophiuchus, incidentally, is the thirteenth sign of the Zodiac, according to some people.

Being a Piscean, drawn to both the water and the skies, I am looking forward to finding out more information about this brand ‘new’ world.

I wonder, though, if this planet’s inhabitants know that we have discovered their world…

24 thoughts on “Fire and Ice: A New World Discovered

    • Andra, I believe one hundred per cent that there will be life somewhere else. The Universe is far too big for there not to be – and ‘we’ are still discovering new species on our own world… just because we can’t see it doesn’t mean it isn’t there! Besides, if there was only us in the vast expanse of the entire Universe, how lonely would that be for us? No… there has to be other life somewhere… 🙂


  1. Fire and Ice never looked so colourful
    Sir Aquatom and what a fine posting my
    great friend… Have a nice rest of evening
    and don’t be too good okay? 🙂



  2. I love the picture! Wow, the planet must have a high atmospheric pressure to keep the water from boiling at 200C. (Sorry, I’m such a geek.) With that kind of temperature and pressure, I think I’ll pick a different spot for my vacation this year…


  3. Thermophiles (heat loving) bacteria are widely believed to be the earliest of our ancestors and can be found in Yellowstone national park’s geyser pools, so life is likely in even the most extreme environments.

    The next question has to be: “Is there intelligent life out there?”

    My answer?

    Count on it…

    God Bless!



  4. I long to visit this lovely water world barely 40 light years away…
    I shall put it in my Light Voyage Bucket List of Exotic Space Tours
    Of the Ophiuchus constellation….check 😀


  5. Pingback: A Breeze from the Stars ~ 13th constellation Ophiuchus that History forgot… « apanache

Would you like to leave a comment?

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.