Maybe. Maybe not. I'll be a wet blanket here and say that until we have the opportunity to test some of the conclusions that are coming out of the theories and scant data behind these announcements, we won't really know if we are getting it right. I think its cool that we are generating testable hypotheses, but we don't yet have a way to test them, do we?
Honestly, I'll take that you could have an actual question if we're interpreting the imaging of the exoplanet correctly as proof of my point.
At this point, I don't care if it's volcanoes, or if the planet is hatching to become a space alligator.
We're comparing data from observations spanning several years of an exoplanet which is 40 light years away
I'm not qualified to defend the science. I'm here to defend the awesome.