MIRI Instrument

Webb Finds Hints of a Third Planet at PDS 70

The exoplanet census now stands at 5,599 confirmed discoveries in 4,163 star systems, with another 10,157 candidates awaiting confirmation. So…

4 weeks ago

Webb Blocks the Star to See a Debris Disk Around Beta Pictoris

You think you know someone, then you see them in a slightly different way and BAM, they surprise you. I’m…

3 months ago

Webb Finds Icy Complex Organic Molecules Around Protostars: Ethanol, Methane, Formaldehyde, Formic Acid and Much More

In the quest to understand how and where life might arise in the galaxy, astronomers search for its building blocks.…

4 months ago

JWST Delivers A Fantastic New Image Of Supernova Remnant Cassiopeia A

Astronomy is all about light. Sensing the tiniest amounts of it, filtering it, splitting it into its component wavelengths, and…

4 months ago

JWST Sees Four Exoplanets in a Single System

When the JWST activated its penetrating infrared eyes in July 2022, it faced a massive wish-list of targets compiled by…

6 months ago

After DART Smashed Into Dimorphos, What Happened to the Larger Asteroid Didymos?

NASA's DART mission (Double Asteroid Redirection Test) slammed into asteroid Dimorphos in September 2022, changing its orbital period. Ground and…

6 months ago

An Exoplanet so Hot it has Clouds Made of Quartz

A recent study published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters used data obtained by the James Webb Space Telescope’s (JWST) Mid-Infrared…

6 months ago

JWST Glimpses the Cosmic Dawn of the Universe

Thanks to the JWST, galaxies that existed during the Cosmic Dawn have been observed for the first time!

10 months ago

The Suspense is Killing Us. The Next Planet in the TRAPPIST System Gets the JWST Treatment

The TRAPPIST-1 system is easily the most exciting collection of exoplanets ever discovered by astronomers. The system contains seven rocky…

10 months ago

JWST’s MIRI Instrument is Having Problems Again

Last week, NASA shared a blog post saying they detected a sensor glitch associated with the James Webb Space Telescope’s…

12 months ago