Magnetic Field Necessary For Life May Have Been Discovered On Alien World For First Time

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A study using the Very Large Array radio telescope may have discovered a magnetic field on exoplanet YZ Ceti b. Magnetic fields protect planets from energetic particles that can strip away atmospheres.

YZ Ceti b is too close to its star to be able to host life but finding a magnetic field outside of our solar system could be a game changer in the search for life.

Credit: | animations courtesy: Exoplanets NASA | edited by Steve Spaleta