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…