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Astronomers have found water and methane out of the solar system

March 20 2008

Astronomers have discovered methane in the atmosphere of planet HD-189733b. This is a gas giant, much like our own Jupiter, but drew very close to its star. HD-189733b is located at a distance of 63 light years from Earth. Until now, scientists did not meet the carbon is part of the methane - the simplest of organic compounds outside the solar system. In addition, the planet's atmosphere found water, but the HD-189733b is too hot, so her life could exist, this earth, reports the BBC. The temperature of the planet reaches 900 degrees Celsius.

The discovery is an important step in the search for worlds that are more favorable for the development of life. Under certain circumstances, methane can play a vital role in the so-called prebiotic evolution - chemical processes that are necessary for the formation of life.

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