James Webb Space Telescope Discovers Exoplanet

It is 41 light-years away in the Octans Constellation. The planet completes one orbit around its red dwarf host star every 2 Earth days.

The James Webb space telescope revealed a new discovery….a planet.

The planet’s discovery was announced on Wednesday at the 241st meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Seattle. The space observatory confirmed the existence of an exoplanet for the first time.

The astronomical body, known as LHS 475-b, is located outside of our solar system and appears to be nearly the exact size as Earth. It is 41 light-years away in the Octans Constellation. The planet completes one orbit around its red dwarf host star every 2 Earth days.

The Webb telescope revealed that the planet is several hundred degrees warmer than our planet. A team of researchers believe it may turn out to be more similar to Venus which is referred to as Earth’s hotter twin with a carbon dioxide atmosphere.

At this time, the team has not been able to make any set in stone conclusions, but plan to conduct follow-up analysis on the potential presence of an atmosphere.

The researchers believe this discovery is the first of many to come.