James Webb Telescope Discovers Dust Storm on Distant Planet

Washington: On Wednesday, NASA’s James Webb Telescope discovered a far-away raging dust storm outside our solar system. It is said that the observed dust particles were silicates in nature, made up of rocky materials.

James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is a collaborative project of the US, European and Canadian space agencies. It was launched in December 2021 and is regarded as the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope.

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The telescope observed dust particles that were silicates- small grains made up of silicon and oxygen. “It’s kind of like if you took sand grains, but much finer. We’re talking silicate grains the size of smoke particles,” said Prof Beth Biller – The University of Edinburgh and the Royal Observatory Edinburgh, UK.

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James Webb Telescope was constructed to discover far-away stars and galaxies. The main objective of the telescope was to study planets and stars, which appeared a few hundred years after the Big Bang.

NASA is quite hopeful that after some years, it will be able to find planets suitable for human living.

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