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JWST’s atmospheric studies could hint at alien worlds’ surfaces

A new simulation of a hypothetical alien world’s atmospheric conditions could help inform the work of the James Webb Space Telescope and reveal clues about exoplanets’ ability to host life.

The climate of any potentially Earth-like rocky world that always shows the same face to its star depends greatly on the amount and location of land and water on the planet’s surface, the new research found. Even though current telescopes lack the resolving power to see the surface of an exoplanet, the findings could help astronomers draw conclusions about the planets’ surfaces by doing spectroscopic studies of their atmospheres.

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