NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope captured images of a massive Jupiter-like body 363 light years away
James Webb Space Telescope captured its first image of a distant planet. This young photographer “super Jupiter”It orbits the sun from a distance nearly 100 times larger than Earth’s.
NASA published images taken through various filters of the planet in a blog posting on Thursday. Pre-printed scientific details about the observation in August were not peer-reviewed.
HIP 65426 b is the named planet. This planet was originally discovered in 2017 by the Spectro-Polarimetric High-Contrast Exoplanet Researchers (SPHERE). The James Webb group knew precisely where to locate it.
The gas giant is estimated to have a mass between 6 and 12 times that of Jupiter. It’s relatively young at 15 or 20 millions years old.
This planet orbits around 363 light year distant star. Its orbit is around 92 AU – a unit equal to the distance between Earth and the Sun – taking around 600 Earth years to complete a rotation.
This orbit distance allowed the space observatory clear images of exoplanet. Coronagraphs are special instruments that allow the optical sensors to block star radiation and image brighter objects near it. A planet’s distance from a star determines how much light it can eliminate.
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The James Webb telescope photographed HIP 65426 b in several wavelengths that a ground-based observatory simply could not have picked due to Earth’s atmosphere. SPHERE took images by using very short infrared lights.
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