James Webb Space Telescope’s 1st exoplanet image. What we can learn.

This series of four images for the James Webb Space Telescope shows the first exoplanet (star) seen by the powerful infrared telescope. (Image credit: NASA/ESA/CSA, A Carter (UCSC), the ERS 1386 team, and A. Pagan (STScI))

This article was originally published at The Conversation. The publication contributed the article to Space.com’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights.

Did you ever want to see an alien world? A planet orbiting a distant star, light years from the Sun? Well, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has just returned its first-ever picture of just that — a planet orbiting a distant star.

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