Say Hello To HIP 65426 bHIP 65426 b (Getty)
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James Webb Space Telescope captures its first exoplanet.
The James Webb Space Telescope continues to impress astronomers and space fans around the world. Recently, the telescope was able to capture an image of an exoplanet for the first time.
The world in question is seven times heavier than Jupiter and orbits a star nearly 400 light-years away.
What is an exoplanet? An exoplanet is a planet that orbits a star outside the solar system, simply enough. Regarding the photo, Aarynn Carter, an astronomer at UC Santa Cruz and part of the team that processed the image, was understandably excited. "It’s exhilarating; the result is, honestly, excellent."
The planet is currently called HIP 65426 b. The James Webb Space Telescope blocked the light of the planet's host star using a device known as a coronagraph. The use of the coronagraph revealed the world, allowing the photo to be snapped.
The James Webb Space Telescope took decades to construct, floats a million miles from Eather, and only became fully operational this summer. The telescope has observed distant galaxies and has taken amazing photos of Jupiter.
What will the James Webb Space Telescope capture next? Let your imaginations go wild.