Pasadena (CA) - Astronomers believe methane could be on a far-away planet in the Vulpecula constellation. The organic molecule showed up after scientists aimed the Hubble Space Telescope at planet HD189733b after it had passed in front of a star. Methane can combine with water to form amino acids, the basic building blocks of life.
However, this is unlikely to occur in this planet because it roasts at 1700 degrees Fahrenheit because it orbits just three million miles away from its star. Last year, scientists announced that they had found water vapor on the same planet.
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