April 12, 2017 | Michael, Contemporary Science Volunteer

For the first time, an atmosphere has been detected on a planet outside the Solar System.

Astronomers have found the planet GJ 1132b - just 39 light years away - has a thick, hot atmosphere full of methane and possibly water vapour. An atmosphere is an essential requirement for life on any planet. This discovery shows that Earth-like conditions might be more common than we thought.

I'm excited about what else we can discover about planets like this. I hope what we learn from them eventually helps us find alien life.


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The planet, depicted here in an artist's impression, is probably too hot to support life as we know it.


Image: Flickr/NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

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