Boiling-Hot Planet Has Building Blocks Of Life

12.02.2008 Science #Space

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Astronomers have detected organic compounds -- but not life -- on a planet outside our solar system for the first time. The Jupiter-sized HD189733b, 63 light years away, has methane as well as water vapor, despite its proximity to its sun and atmospheric temperatures of 700 degrees Celsius. There's no way a planet that hot can support life (we think), but then again, you shouldn't be able to find methane at those temperatures either.