The James Webb telescope captured an image of the composition of a planet 700 light-years away

The telescope of the POT, James Webb, captured a detailed molecular and chemical portrait of a planet that is located 700 light years from Earth. The celestial body, called WASP-39b, is as big as Saturn, but it is in a much closer orbit to its star, which makes it reach temperatures of 871 degrees Celsius.

The planet would be as big as Saturn, but much closer to its star’s orbit.

These new readings managed to discover the entire composition of its atmosphere, including atoms, molecules, cloud formation, and even signs of photochemistry, a product of its proximity to the star. According to Natalie Batalha, who contributed to this discovery of the POT: “Information like this can change the rules of the game.”

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