1st direct photo of an alien world

The James Webb Space Telescope captured the first direct picture of a planet orbiting a far-off star, demonstrating its potential to transform the study of extrasolar planets.

The vast majority of exoplanets have only ever been seen when their orbiting stars temporarily dimmed in brightness.

Only a few dozen have been directly imaged. However, that might alter soon.

The James Webb Space Telescope has given its first direct picture less than two months after it began its science operations.

The planet is a gas giant that is 385 light-years away from Earth and orbits the star HIP 65426.

appears as a little spot near the blazing star in the shot.

Using its Near-Infrared Camera (NIRCam) and the Mid-Infrared Instrument, Webb captured images of the exoplanet (MIRI)

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