Jan 12, 2023

Webb Confirms Its First Exoplanet

Posted by in category: space

Researchers confirmed an exoplanet, a planet that orbits another star, using NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope for the first time. Formally classified as LHS 475 b, the planet is almost exactly the same size as our own, clocking in at 99% of Earth’s diameter. The research team is led by Kevin Stevenson and Jacob Lustig-Yaeger, both of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland.

The planet is rocky and almost precisely the same size as Earth, but whips around its star in only two days.

Leave a reply