‘Eyeball’ planet spotted by James Webb telescope may be habitable

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has discovered that a distant world discovered several years ago could be an “eyeball” planet with an iris-like ocean surrounded by a sea of ​​solid ice. This could make the planet a candidate for a potentially habitable world.

The exoplanet, dubbed LHS-1140b, was first discovered in 2017. It was initially thought to be a “mini-Neptune” orbiting a dense mix of water, methane and ammonia. But the new findings, accepted for publication in The Astrophysical Journal Letters and available on the preprint server arXivsuggest that the planet is icier and wetter than scientists thought. That means life is possible.

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