The James Webb Space Telescope is the most sophisticated and advanced space telescope launched. In addition, it is one of the best instruments we have to study exoplanets. Only in its first few months of being operational, Webb has begun a revolution for the exoplanet's community. From revealing the transmission spectrum of an extremely hot gas giant to discovering a super-Earth that possibly harbors a global liquid ocean, the James Webb Space Telescope has already proven what it can do.
But the question is, are we ready to study what the most advanced space telescope will reveal about exoplanets? Unfortunately, the answer to this question is not much on the positive side. Because as per a new study, there is a high risk that astronomers might misinterpret signals from Webb if the current models are not improved. So what's really the problem here? How do astronomers risk misinterpreting the James Webb data? Finally, and most importantly, how can we improve our models to make the best use of Webb's observations?
The 29th episode of the Sunday Discovery Series answers these questions in detail.
All Episodes Of The Series: https://bit.ly/369kG4p
Basics of Astrophysics series: https://bit.ly/3xII54M
Research Paper: https://go.nature.com/3rZeDah
MIT Article: https://bit.ly/3gcGPUh
Transmission spectrum: https://go.nasa.gov/3VxsKRx
How Webb will study exoplanet atmospheres: https://bit.ly/3eCrD2y
Created by Rishabh Nakra and Simran Buttar
Narrated by Jeffrey Smith
Clips from NASA, ESA, ESO, JWST, Envato Elements, Pond5, StoryBlocks
Music from Motion Elements