A direct photograph was taken of an exoplanet, a gaseous planet orbiting a distant star.
Planet HIP 65426 b is a gas giant, that is, an uninhabitable planet, its mass is 6-12 times greater than Jupiter, but this can be further clarified with the final analysis of the images just taken - reports National Geographic.
The first capture of Baby's exoplanet. 🍼 @NASAWebb took its first direct image of a planet outside our solar system, about 6-12 times the mass of Jupiter.
- NASA (@NASA) 1 September 2022
As described, the star and the planet orbiting it are located 385 light-years away, in the constellation Centauri. The planet is very young, about 15-20 million years old, and its presence was first discovered in 2017 and the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has now managed to capture the exoplanet.
The planet is about a hundred times further away from its star than the Earth is from the Sun.
Direct photography of exoplanets is very complicated, in the case of HIP 65426 b, the star is ten thousand times brighter in the near infrared and a few thousand times brighter in the mid infrared than the planet. In the recording, four types of filters were used to show the planet and we can also see small differences between the four images due to the way the JWST's optical systems transmit light.
Although Hubble has already taken direct photos of exoplanets, the development is enormous and current images show what James Webb is capable of in this field.
The Webb mission is carried out in collaboration with American, European and Canadian space agencies.After several decades of preparations, the telescope was launched in December 2021 and then entered orbit more than one and a half million kilometers from Earth.
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