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James Webb Space Telescope Reveals Alien Planet’s Atmosphere Like Never Before

A boiling Saturn-like planet 700 light-years from the sun has become the best-explored planet outside our solar system. Measurements of the planet’s atmosphere by the James Webb Space Telescope have revealed unprecedented details about its chemistry and even allowed astronomers to test methods of detecting extraterrestrial life.

The exoplanet WASP-39b, which orbits a star in the constellation Virgo, made headlines in late August when the James Webb Space Telescope (Webb or JWST) found carbon dioxide in its atmosphere. It was the very first detection of this type and experts hailed the discovery as a major breakthrough. Now, less than three months later, a flurry of studies based on observations from the Large Telescope have revealed the finest details of WASP-39b’s atmosphere, allowing astronomers to even draw conclusions about the story. of the formation of the exoplanet.


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