Scientists Find A Water-Rich Planet Outside Our Solar System

by Rachel Baker on September 5, 2013

Everyone thought the movie Waterworld, with Kevin Costner, was an abject failure; now it turns out there may be cause to watch it as course material for how to live on a water world. Of course, we need to get that whole warp drive thing figured out first.

Japanese scientists have determined that a planet outside our solar system that most likely has a water-rich atmosphere. The planet, Gliese 1214b, is only 40 light years from Earth.

Discovered in 2009, Gliese 1214b is what’s known as a “super-Earth” – bigger than Earth but smaller than a gas giant. In this case, it’s about 2.7 times bigger than Earth.

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