The paper has not yet been peer reviewed, but it has been discussed in a blog post on NASA's website.
The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has taken the first image of an exoplanet, or planet beyond our solar system.
It is 349 light-years from Earth and orbits an A-type star about twice the size of the sun in the constellation Centaurus.
The telescope's infrared observations of the exoplanet, HIP 65426 b, were revealed Thursday (Sept. 1) in a paper posted to the preprint database arXiv(opens in new tab).
This is a significant moment for a variety of reasons," said Aarynn Carter, lead author and postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
The young planet is a "super-Jupiter," which means it's a gas giant that's six to eight times more massive than Jupiter.
"First and foremost, this is the first time we've ever imaged a planet with a wavelength greater than 5 microns."