water in our oceans may be older than the sun

The recent discovery that the water in our oceans may be older than the sun has increased the chance for discovering life on exoplanets.   Image © wikimedia

Water is critical for the evolution of life on earth as well as, possibly, on the exoplanets that orbit the stars beyond the sun. So if water pre-dates the sun, “it raises the possibility that some exoplanets could house the right conditions, and water resources, for life to evolve,” claims Professor Tim Harries from the University of Exeter.

Blue marble

Water covers 71% of the Earth’s surface; the oceans contain 96.5% of the Earth’s water. The Antarctic ice sheet, which contains 61% of all fresh water on Earth, is visible at the bottom. Condensed atmospheric water can be seen as clouds, contributing to the Earth’s albedo. Credit wikipedia

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