Potential Water World

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·       Artistic representation of the ocean-covered surface of exoplanet TOI-1452 b: Benoit Gougeon, Université de Montréal.
·       Artistic representation of exoplanet TOI-1452 b seen from space: Benoit Gougeon, Université de Montréal.

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Objects and gases of various colors in outer space. Text, News from the Universe
September 8, 2022. Exoplanet T01-1452 b. Potential Water World. Illustration.
Efforts of several telescopes, including NASA's planet-finder TESS, have combined to identify the most likely candidate yet for an exoplanet "water world."
T01-1452 b is larger than Earth in size and mass.
Its density suggests it could be totally covered in deep ocean.
Other possibilities for this interesting exoplanet include being rocky with an atmosphere of hydrogen and helium, or no atmosphere at all.
Astronomers must wait for follow-up observations by the James Webb Space Telescope to determine the true nature of T01-1452 b.
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