Mar 29, 2022

NASA’s new James Webb Space Telescope will be able to sniff out methane. Here’s how to tell if it’s a sign of life

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Researchers lay out a framework explaining how methane could be a biosignature rather than a false alarm.

If an exoplanet’s atmosphere contains methane, that could be a sign of life — as long as planetary conditions meet certain criteria. The framework for those conditions has now been established in a new study by researchers from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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