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Scientists have made an exciting discovery using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) telescope in Chile. They’ve found an incredible amount of water around a young solar system, HL Tauri, located 450 light-years away.

Water Vapor in Abundance

ALMA’s powerful observations revealed at least three times the amount of water in Earth’s oceans in the disk surrounding HL Tauri. This is a remarkable feat, as it’s the first time scientists have captured images of water vapor at such a great distance.

Signs of Planet Formation

In the inner disk of material around HL Tauri, scientists observed a gap. This is a possible indication that a planet is forming in that region. And where there’s a planet, there’s water.

A Glimpse of the Future

Over time, the water molecules in the disk may freeze onto dust particles and eventually form larger objects, including planets. It’s too early to say for sure if HL Tauri will host a water world, but the discovery suggests that watery planets and moons may be common in our galaxy.