Water, Water Everywhere and not a Drop to Drink.

Probably because the water in question is170 light years away around a white dwarf star, star GD61.

A white dwarf is about the same size as the Earth, but has about the same mass as  the Sun (a teaspoon is estimated to weigh about 5.5 tons).

A new study published in Science magazine found that the debris left from the star’s collapse may have belonged to a small planet or asteroid that was made up of 26 precent water by volume.

This is important because it is the first time water has been found in a rocky, Earth-like planetary body in outside the Solar system.  So it is a big discovery for xenobiologists searching for extra-terrestrial life.  This assumes that life elsewhere requires water.

“The findings also may point to how water arrived on Earth.  The scientist in the article said “[t]hese water-rich building blocks, and the terrestrial planets they build, may in fact be common.”

– Ex astris, scientia –

I am and avid amateur astronomer and intellectual property attorney in Pasadena, California and I am a Rising Star as rated by Super Lawyers Magazine.  As a former Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy, I am a proud member of the Armed Service Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association working to aid all active duty and veterans in our communities. Connect with me on Google +

Norman

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