The James Webb Telescope discovers a new exoplanet that contains CO2

on September 3, 2022 at 2:14 p.m.

September 3, 2022 at 2:13 PM

Definitely, the James Webb telescope never ceases to amaze us. He has been impressing the whole world for some time now with his incredible images. Today, it is his discovery of a potentially habitable exoplanet that is making headlines.

The James Webb Space Telescope, the most powerful space observatory ever deployed, has been launched since 2018. For already 4 years, it has been providing the whole world amazing pictures, never seen before. This device really opened a new era in world astronomy, its mission to explore the cosmos.

An impressive discovery

Recently, the telescope has not only provided images of other galaxies but has allowed the discovery of a new exoplanet which would contain.... you CO2. This planet, located 700 light years from us, would be about a quarter of the mass of Jupiter. She is, of course, slocated outside our solar system. This is also the primary role of this telescope, responsible for observing the first galaxies formed only a few hundred million years after the Big Bang.

A possible human life?

For simplicity, The answer is no. According to scientists, it is impossible to imagine life as we know it on this exoplanetwhich is called WASP-39 b.

Even though the planet is home to CO2, it is fizzy and hot. Which makes it impossible for a human to survive.However, this discovery confirms scientists in their desire to find another planet whose conditions would be favorable to human life.

However, Mars, which is nicknamed the red planet, could become habitable using an airgel. It is a material that would make it possible to install temperatures similar to that of the Earth, on Mars. It would also create a UV barrier to protect us. However, we still do not know everything about the microbes and other species that inhabit this planet. The move is not for tomorrow.