This illustration shows the exoplanet LHS 475 b and its red dwarf host star, located 41 light-years away from Earth in the constellation Octans. Credit: NASA / ESA / CSA / Leah Hustak (STScI)

Technology United States 16. January 2023

NASA Confirms Existence of a Planet Outside Our Solar System!

NASA’s $10 billion James Webb Space Telescope which was launched back in December 2021 has just confirmed the existence of an exoplanet.

“Webb is bringing us closer and closer to a new understanding of Earth-like worlds outside our solar system, and the mission is only just getting started,” says NASA’s astrophysics division director Mark Clampin.

The rocky exoplanet known as LHS 475 b is located 41 light-years away from Earth and is nearly identical in size to our home planet. LHS 475 b orbits its host star in only two days and is a few hundred degrees warmer than planet Earth. Scientists are not yet sure what LHS 475 b is made of and are hoping to obtain additional information on the exoplanet this summer.


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