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Data from NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) show traces of water vapor from the exoplanetary system, GJ 486, according to a recent study accepted to The Astrophysical Journal Letters. However, the data is currently inconclusive, making it difficult for scientists to determine whether the water vapor originates from the atmosphere of the exoplanet, GJ 486 b, or its host star, GJ 486, as it is currently unclear. The host star is a red dwarf, which means it is quite active and emits enormous amounts of X-ray and ultraviolet radiation, making it much more unlikely that the exoplanet can sustain a water-rich atmosphere. This makes the situation even more perplexing.

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