Water found on planet outside our solar system

Water has been detected in the atmosphere of a massive, hot planet orbiting the nearby star tau Boötis.

Led by Alexandra Lockwood from the California Institute of Technology, scientists used a novel technique to detects the infrared radiation in a planet’s atmosphere, paving the way for the collection of data on non-transiting planets that existing techniques were unable to reach.

The new technique will assist scientists’ understanding of how planets with water form and evolve.

Read more at Pennsylvania State University