James Webb Space Telescope Could Sniff Atmospheres of Alien Planets

James Webb Space Telescope Could Sniff Atmospheres of Alien Planets

Accroding to David Charbonneau, an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Mass, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) could be used as a powerful tool that will enable astronomers to sniff the atmospheres of alien planets. With the James Webb Space Telescope’s ability to stare uninterrupted at stars in infrared wavelengths, astronomers will be able to make unprecedented observations of alien worlds. According to Charbonneau, JWST essentially combines the best two properties of two existing workhorse NASA facilities that have made great strides in astronomy: The Hubble Space Telescope and the Spitzer Space Telescope.

JWST is an excellent platform for exoplanet spectroscopy. There’s an enormous number of different settings for each instrument, which can be used to tackle different problems.

source:www.space.com