Water, it turns out, is not just common on Earth and throughout the solar system, but apparently in other solar systems as well.
NASA released evidence Thursday from the Herschel Space Observatory that a vast ocean of water vapor is enveloping a nearby disk of dust that surrounds a young star.
Although scientists previously have found evidence of warm water near developing stars, this is the first time water vapor has been found out towards the cold edge of the star’s dust disk, which will eventually become planets. The water in this region may eventually form comets, which will rain down on young planets, seeding their future oceans.
The release of the Herschel data comes a day after NASA released evidence of the comet bombardment of young planets in another solar system. Researchers believe that the hailstorm of sorts is very similar to the “late heavy bombardment” believed to have brought water and other life-forming ingredients to Earth.