TIME

Scientists have modeled a hypothetical alien life form that might exist on Titan, the largest of Saturn’s moons.

Researchers at Cornell University calculated that a methane-based lifeform containing no oxygen might theoretically exist on the orbital moon some 886 million miles away from the Sun.

Although it has an atmosphere, Titan’s frigid temperatures and methane seas would not seem to be hospitable to life as we know it. But the researchers at Cornell theorized a lifeform that could exist from the elements available there. Why Titan? It’s the only known body, other than earth, with bodies of liquid known to stably exist.

Anyone expecting an E.T.-like sentient being, though, may be disappointed: The notional “azotosome” (named for the French word for “nitrogen”) is about the size of a virus.

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