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Life in other worlds? Intriguing new possibilities emerge

If there is life on a planet or faraway moon, the signs would likely be in the mix of gases in its atmosphere

This Nasa handout image captured by the James Webb telescope and obtained on July 12, 2023, shows a small star-forming region in the Rho Ophiuchi cloud complex, the closest star-forming region to Earth. (AFP)
Updated on Sep 29, 2023 08:12 AM IST

Exciting findings, new ideas in hunt for alien life

The exoplanet K2-18b’s atmosphere has signatures of carbon dioxide, methane and possibly dimethyl sulphide, which is not known to exist where life does not.

An artist’s concept of what the exoplanet K2-18b could look like. (ESA)
Updated on Sep 29, 2023 12:58 PM IST

Life beyond Earth: NASA's Webb detects CO2 on surface of Jupiter's Moon Europa

NASA discovers carbon dioxide on Jupiter's moon Europa, suggesting its underground ocean may contain carbon, an essential element for life.

This graphic shows a map of Europa’s surface with NIRCam (Near Infrared Camera) on NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope in the first panel and compositional maps derived from Webb’s NIRSpec/IFU (Near Infrared Spectrograph’s Integral Field Unit) data in the following three panels. (Science Credit: Geronimo Villanueva (NASA/GSFC), Samantha Trumbo (Cornell Univ.), NASA, ESA, CSA. Image Processing Credit: Geronimo Villanueva (NASA/GSFC), Alyssa Pagan (STScI))
Published on Sep 22, 2023 03:41 PM IST

Telescope shares stunning ‘String of Pearls’ of the closest supernova

James Webb Space Telescope captures stunning image of SN1987A supernova, offering new insights into its history and evolution.

JWST unveils stunning details of SN1987A supernova, 170,000 light-years away. Rings of gas and dust illuminate the explosion's history, offering fresh insights.(SOURCE, NASA/ESA/CSA/M.MATSUURA ET AL)
Updated on Sep 01, 2023 12:25 AM IST

End stages of dying sun to actively forming stars: James Webb's recent captures

The near-infrared camera of the Webb telescope has recently sent a series of magnificent images depicting several cosmic activities. Let's find out.

Remnants of a dying star (L). Two actively forming stars (R)(NASA)
Published on Aug 04, 2023 07:35 PM IST
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