JWST peers into the atmosphere of an exoplanet bombarded by stellar radiation

An artist’s illustration of WASP 39-b. | Image: NASA, ESA, CSA, Joseph Olmsted (STScI)This week, astronomers announced that they’d found evidence of chemical reactions in the atmosphere of an exoplanet 700 light years away from Earth. Researchers using the James Webb Space Telescope created a detailed chemical portrait of the scorching gases swirling around exoplanet WASP-39b. This “hot Saturn” planet…
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