James Webb: The space telescope helps reveal the origin of a planet 700 light-years from Earth

  • Jennifer Harby
  • BBC News

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WASP-39b is located in the outer solar system, at a distance of 700 light-years from Earth

A team of astronomers used the James Webb Space Telescope to find out how a planet from outside the solar system originated.

A team from the University of Leicester in Britain participated in a study being conducted in coordination with the US space agency NASA, and it relies mainly on observations that the telescope was able to monitor recently.

Earlier this year, the James Webb Telescope began a comprehensive science operation after arriving at a monitoring site millions of miles away from Earth.

The team says that the telescope provided them with new information about a planet called “WASP-39b”.

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