June 18, 2024

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The James Webb Space Telescope detects quartz crystals in the atmosphere of an exoplanet

The James Webb Space Telescope detects quartz crystals in the atmosphere of an exoplanet

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has discovered that 1,000-mph winds are blowing a shower of tiny quartz crystals through the hot, silicate-enriched atmosphere of a distant gas giant planet called WASP-17b.

“We learned from Hubble [Space Telescope] “Our observations suggest that there must be aerosols – small particles that form clouds or fog – in the atmosphere of WASP-17b, but we did not expect them to be made of quartz,” says Daniel Grant of the University of Bristol in the UK and leader of the research team. new. A study said about the discovery in A statement.