Can James Webb Space Telescope Hunt For Alien Life?
Here is everything you need to know.
Detecting life beyond our planet has been the biggest goal of astronomers and space scientists.
Now, next-gen telescopes like James Webb will enable them to study the atmospheres of planets light years away.
It is believed that one or more of these planets might feature a chemical signature required to sustain life.
However looking for life in these places isn’t easy, as it would require sending a probe to bring back physical samples.
Researchers have managed to discover more than 5,000 exoplanets, where around 100 are capable of harnessing life. But these measurements only provide the size and mass of an exoplanet.
The only telescope capable of studying light coming from exoplanets right now is the James Webb Space Telescope. the telescope has its eyes locked on exoplanet WASP-96b.
JWST is soon expected to shift focus on TRAPPIST-1e, which is an Earth-sized planet believed to be habitable. It is also just 39 light years away from our planet, making it easier for the telescope to study.