Astronomers Come up Dry in the Hunt for Water on Jupiter-like Exoplanets

July 24, 2014 3:31 PM

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Astronomers may have come up dry when it comes to searching for water on other planets. They've made the most precise measurements to date of water vapor in the atmospheres of Jupiter-like planets and have found that they're much drier worlds than previously expected.

"The low water vapor levels are surprising," said Nicolas Crouzet, one of the researchers, in a news release. "Our models predict a much higher abundance of water vapor, and so these results challenge our current understanding of planet formation. And they raise questions about our ability to identi...

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