Detecting traces of CO2 in the atmosphere of exoplanet WASP-39
In a NASA press release, Johns Hopkins University researcher Zafar Rustamkulov said that the new discovery marks a special moment, surpassing a critical threshold in exoplanet science.
The study of the exoplanet WASP-39 will be published in the journal Nature.
Nasa says the detection of CO2 will help scientists better determine how the planet outside the solar system, scientifically named WASP-39, will be formed.
The James Webb Telescope has detected traces of CO2 in the atmosphere of a planet outside the Solar System (exoplanet) scientifically named WASP-39.
Although we know that exoplanet environments do not nurture life, the discovery of CO2 gives scientists hope to make similar observations on terrestrial planets that are more likely to harbor life.
On Twitter, University of California at Santa Cruz professor Natalie Batalha said that this is an important discovery for the field of space science, facilitating the conduct of new far-reaching discoveries about the atmospheres of terrestrial planets.
Terrestrial planets are planets with the same structure and properties as the inner ring planets of the Solar System, with a solid surface, relatively low mass, high specific gravity, containing a lot of iron and heavy metals.