Research report 2023 - Max Planck Institute for Astronomy

Rocky planets could harbour water already at birth

Markus Nielbock, Giulia Perotti, Thomas Henning

Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie, Heidelberg

Water is essential for life, at least on Earth. The question of its origin is therefore central to the chance of life on other Earth-like planets. Through observations with the James Webb Space Telescope, we have now found evidence for a mechanism that supplies potentially habitable planets with water during their formation. The JWST/MIRI data indicate a substantial reservoir of water in the central region of a planet-forming disk of gas and dust around the young star PDS 70, where Earth-like planets may be forming.

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