Scientists say water clouds found beyond Solar system

Artist’s illustration of how the nearby brown dwarf WISE 0855 might appear if viewed close-up in infrared light. (Joy Pollard, Gemini Observatory/AURA)

For the first time ever, astronomers have found strong evidence of water clouds on a bodyoutside the solar system. New observations of a frigid object called WISE 0855, which lies 7.2 light-years from Earth, suggest that the “failed star” has clouds of water, or water ice, in its atmosphere, the researchers said.

“We would expect an object that cold to have water clouds, and this is the best evidence that it does,” study lead author Andrew Skemer, an assistant professor of astronomy and astrophysics at the University of California, Santa Cruz, said in a statement released by the university.  (Source:



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