NASA's Webb Telescope Paints Detailed Picture of a Nearby 'Hot Saturn' Exoplanet

WASP-39b isn't much of a destination, but it could light the way toward learning about more habitable worlds.

NASA's James Webb Space Telescope have astronomers amped over what could soon be revealed about other worlds.

"We observed the exoplanet with several instruments that together cover a broad swath of the infrared spectrum

a panoply of chemical fingerprints inaccessible until JWST

Earlier research based on Webb observations revealed the first clear detection of carbon dioxide at an exoplanet

new academic studies provides a more comprehensive profile of what's cooking in the sky over this world 700 light-years from Earth,

In CO2, Webb detected water, sulphur dioxide, carbon monoxide, sodium and potassium in the atmosphere. 

chemical reactions initiated by energetic stellar light -- on exoplanets

The large size of the planet, comparable to Saturn, and its proximity to its star -

"It is incredibly exciting to know that everything is going to be rewritten. That is one of the best parts of being a scientist."