NASA has published an impressive photo of a distant planet

(ORDO NEWS) — With the help of the Webb space telescope, it was possible to take a direct picture of a planet located outside the solar system. It is located in the constellation Centaurus and revolves around the star HIP 65426.

The planet is located at a distance of 385 light years from Earth. HIP 65426 was discovered in 2017, but only now have scientists been able to get such a detailed picture.

This is the first time that the Webb telescope has been able to get a direct picture of an exoplanet with the maximum level of detail.

It is worth paying attention to the fact that the hot gas giant has a mass that is 5-10 times greater than the mass of Jupiter.

Due to the fact that the scientists took the picture in the infrared range, they were able to approximately determine not only the mass, but also the temperature of the exoplanet. It reaches a mark of 1300 degrees Celsius.

“This picture became a historical moment in astronomy. Now the Webb telescope can be used to study those planets located at a great distance from the Earth and obtain information about their mass, temperature, and composition.

The exoplanet HIP 65426 b is not suitable for life because it is too hot,” says Sasha Hinckley from the University of Exeter in the UK.

By cosmic standards, the planet is quite young. Its age does not exceed 10-20 million years.

Due to the fact that HIP 65426 B is very young, scientists will be able to get more information about exactly what the planets of the Solar System, such as Saturn and Jupiter, looked like at exactly the same age.

It is worth paying attention to the fact that earlier scientists managed to obtain direct images of exoplanets, but they were not so detailed. Experts note that it is possible to get such high-quality pictures exclusively in the infrared range.

In the future, scientists are going to conduct new observations of those exoplanets located at a great distance from Earth.

Perhaps, with the help of the Webb telescope, it is possible to obtain images of celestial bodies in which conditions are suitable for human life.


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