Scientists have discovered a supersized version of Earth that could host life on a distant galaxy.
The planet, named K2-18b, has been dubbed a rocky “super earth” that orbits a sun-like star.
And it’s positioned in a solar sweet spot — making it possible to host life-giving liquid water.
Researchers at the University of Texas and the University of Montreal revealed the stunning findings, that could signal a perfect habitat for alien life. The research will be published in the journal Astronomy And Astrophysics.
K2-18b even has a neighboring sister planet, the cleverly named K2-18c, but is unlikely to host life because it’s slightly closer to its sun.
Lead author Ryan Cloutier said, “Being able to measure the mass and density of K2-18b was tremendous, but to discover a new exoplanet was lucky and equally exciting.”
But while the planets may already be teeming with otherworldly creatures, we will probably never know for certain.
They orbit a red dwarf star 111 lightyears away — or 625,000,000,000,000,000 miles away — in the Leo constellation.