April 24, 2024

James Webb Space Telescope joins search for newborn exoplanets

Astronomers are searching for planets in the process of forming around baby stars using the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). The powerful space telescope quickly delivered the goods, albeit unexpectedly.

These baby planets take shape in swirling clumps of gas and dust called protoplanetary disks, accumulating more mass as they do so. Humanity has imaged many of these protoplanetary disks, but astronomers have only glimpsed planet formation within them a few times to date.

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