Il telescopio James Webb immortala esopianeta

They really photographed “another world”: what it is revealing to us

How many wonders can the universe still show us? Many, many, infinite. And we cannot help but be amazed, joining scientists and researchers who work every day to discover what is hidden in our skies. The latest revelation comes from James Webb telescopewhich adds a new success to its history: it has, in fact, immortalized an exoplanet, called HIP 65426 b.


The shots of this “other world” have assumed an even greater importance than one might imagine: thanks to the performance of the telescope, in fact, some characteristics have been detected that, until now, were impossible not only to capture, but also simply to be inferred. Features that open up new interesting scenarios both for the knowledge of the universe and, more generally, for the achievements of mankind.

The exoplanet immortalized by the James Webb telescope

But let’s go in order. What do we know about the exoplanet immortalized by the NASA team of astronomers? Meanwhile, yours observation was not accidental: this celestial body had been identified in 2017 by ESO and had been photographed by the Sphere, an instrument integrated into a large telescope that allowed the spectroscopic and polarimetric characterization of exoplanets.

The exoplanet HIP 65426 b was considered immediately interesting because it consists of a mass ranging from six to eight times that of Jupiter, orbiting a star (precisely the star HIP 65426) about 385 light years from Earth and despite being relatively young (he is about 14 million years old) does not have a particularity that, so far, has distinguished the current models for plantar training: a disc of debris.

The James Webb team of researchers and observers, led by the doctor Sasha Hinkley of the University of Exeter (UK) therefore wanted to understand us more and used the telescope to uncover its secrets. The results were excellent: thanks to the sensitivity level of the telescope it was possible to understand that it is low in carbon and rich in oxygen compared to the gas giants of the Solar System and the physical and orbital characteristics were recorded.

The importance of the photo on the exoplanet

Why are these results so important, then? According to Dr. Hinkley, the team captured a range of wavelengths with one accuracy that was previously impossible. The scientist therefore argues that «these observations made with the James Webb telescope break the limits of previous evaluation and study. And they will allow the knowledge and the deepening of planets with similar characteristics present in our Solar System ».

This means that thanks to the photo of the exoplanet, its characteristics and the NASA telescope, in essence, you will be able to know much more about Saturn or Neptune. In particular, scientists will have access to detailed information on the chemical composition of their atmospheres, their chemical enrichment and on their training process, which not necessarily (a bit like in the case of HIP 65426 b) could correspond to the currently recognized models. A real revolution, which can change history as we know it.

The exoplanet and the impact on Earth

What, then, will be the impact of this photo on planet Earth? Meanwhile, as we have already said, the human race will be able to enter possession of new information accessing an optimal, state-of-the-art, state-of-the-art imaging system. Thanks to this information it will be possible to give concreteness to celestial bodies that up to now have been even difficult to imagine, let alone to see.

Finally, according to Dr. Hinkley’s team, it is not excluded that in the next observations an Earth-like exoplanet can be identified, which opens up new exciting scenarios: on the one hand a specific knowledge of the formation process of our planet, on the other , who knows, missions (very distant) in the future to found new human colonies.


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