The James Webb Space Telescope detects quartz crystals in the atmosphere of an exoplanet

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has discovered that 1,000-mph winds are blowing a shower of tiny quartz crystals through the hot, silicate-enriched atmosphere of a distant gas giant planet called WASP-17b.

“We learned from Hubble [Space Telescope] “Our observations suggest that there must be aerosols – small particles that form clouds or fog – in the atmosphere of WASP-17b, but we did not expect them to be made of quartz,” says Daniel Grant of the University of Bristol in the UK and leader of the research team. new. A study said about the discovery in A statement.

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