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A recent study accepted to The Astrophysical Journal Letters discusses data from NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) that indicates traces of water vapor from the exoplanetary system, GJ 486, but scientists are still unclear if the source of the water vapor is from the atmosphere of the exoplanet, GJ 486 b, or its host star, GJ 486, as the data is currently inconclusive. What’s even more puzzling is the host star is a red dwarf, meaning it’s very active and emitting large amounts of X-ray and ultraviolet radiation, which would make the plausibility of its exoplanet incapable of supporting a water-rich atmosphere.

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