Researchers Found Proof Of Water In 17 Asteroids

Researchers Found Proof Of Water In 17 Asteroids

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Proof of water has been discovered by Japanese researchers in 17 asteroids for the foremost instance utilizing information from the infrared satellite AKARI. According to scientists, this finding will add to our comprehension of the water distribution in our solar system, the foundation of water on the Earth, and the evolution of asteroids.

Our planet is an aqua-planet and is the sole planet within our solar system wherein the existence of water has been substantiated on the planet surface. Nevertheless, researchers aren’t yet certain how our Earth obtained water. The latest research has demonstrated that other celestial bodies within our solar system used to possess, or possess, water in some form. Also, asteroids are deemed to be among the candidates that fetched water to our planet.

Scientists from University of Tokyo and JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) discovered that water is preserved as hydrated minerals in asteroids—that were generated by chemical reactions of anhydrous rocks and water that existed within the asteroids. As per the study, hydrated minerals are steady even above the water ice’s sublimation temperature. By searching for hydrated minerals, researchers can examine whether asteroids possess water.

AKARI, the Japanese infrared satellite was outfitted with the Infrared Camera that enabled the scientists to gain spectra at near-infrared wavelengths from 2 to 5 μm. Utilizing this unique utility, the spectroscopic examinations of 66 asteroids were performed and their near-infrared spectra were gained. The examinations identified absorptions that were ascribed to hydrated minerals for seventeen C-type asteroids.

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