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James Webb Space Telescope looks at planet-forming process

The stellar observatory continues to help scientists develop theories about the universe.

New JWST Findings Artist's rendering of a protoplanetary disk surrounding a young star.
European Southern Observatory

The University of Arizona-backed James Webb Space Telescope continues to generate new knowledge about the universe.

Scientists used data from the telescope for an updated study on how planets form. U of A planetary scientist Illaria Pascucci notes examining young stars and exoplanets means looking back into the distant past.

"This particular study in science is looking at a star that is about 2 million years old," she said. "It seems like an old age but in comparison with our own star's life that's really young."

The James Webb Space Telescope's extended range lets scientists look further into the cosmos than ever before. Pascucci's study concentrates on the molecules found in gasses surrounding new stars.

Her team's work was published last week in the journal [Science] (https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/science.adi8147).

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