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Researchers using the James Webb Space Telescope have found evidence suggesting that exoplanet LHS 1140 b, located 48 light-years away, may be an icy water world with an Earth-like atmosphere, potentially supporting life. Initially thought to be a mini-Neptune, new data indicates it is a rocky or icy “super Earth” in its star’s habitable zone. This discovery marks the first hint of an atmosphere on such an exoplanet, making LHS 1140 b a prime candidate for further study in the search for extraterrestrial life.

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