New from JWST: An Exoplanet Atmosphere as Never Seen Before

Client: Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Date: 2022
Caption: New observations of WASP-39b with the JWST have provided a clearer picture of the exoplanet, showing the presence of sodium, potassium, water, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide and sulfur dioxide in the planet’s atmosphere. This artist’s illustration also displays newly detected patches of clouds scattered across the planet.
Credit: Melissa Weiss/Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian