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Since he undertook his journey to the depths of the universe, James Webb space telescopehas provided new and relevant information about the planets of our solar systemas well as beyond, recently, discovered carbon dioxide on an exoplanet.
It should be remembered that the examination of this device is a joint mission of NASA, European Space Agency (ESA) and Canadian (CSA)which was launched in December last year.
Discoveries from the James Webb telescope on an exoplanet
This Thursday, August 25, 2022, the ESA issued a statement stating that the space telescope has found evidence of carbon dioxide in a planet’s atmosphere far from our solar system.
It is about WASP-39bwhich orbits a Sun-like star 700 light-years away and yet research provides relevant information about its composition and formation.
the exoplanet It is a gas giant with a mass one fourth that of Jupiter.approximately, that is, very similar to that of Saturn, and has a diameter 1.3 times larger than the The “big brother” of the earth.
The ESA noted that: stellar objects such as WASP-29 bcan offer experts ideal opportunities to to investigate planetary atmospheres.
And it is that, during his journey, some of the starlight is “completely” obscured by the planet, So the atmosphere filters some colors more than others, which helps distinguish between the gases that make up it.
“The detection of such a clear signal from carbon dioxide in WASP-39 b bodes well for the detection of atmospheres on smaller Earth-sized planets,” Natalie Batalha, leader of the team of researchers studying transiting exoplanets with Webb .
Finally, the ESA emphasized that: understand the composition of an exoplanet’s atmospherelike he did James Webb space telescopeis important, because it provides references about the origin of the stellar body and how it evolved.