Nov 23, 2022

James Webb uncovers the mysteries of an alien world’s atmosphere 700 light-years away

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“We are going to be able to see the big picture of exoplanet atmospheres.”

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has provided a detailed molecular and chemical profile of a distant exoplanet’s skies in a world first, a blog post from the space agency reveals.

However, the new observations from James Webb reveal the makeup of the exoplanet’s atmosphere like never before and reveal further details of active chemistry and clouds.

NASA, ESA, CSA, Joseph Olmsted (STScI)

The planet — an exoplanet as it is located outside of our solar system — is called WASP-39 b, and it has been observed before by many telescopes, including NASA’s Hubble and Spitzer.

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