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  1. Carina nebula image taken by JWST's NIRCam camera
    Astronomy

    In 2022, the James Webb Space Telescope brought us new views of the cosmos

    Science News looks back at some of the most stunning images from the James Webb telescope’s first year in space.

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  2. blurry illustration of the exoplanet Wasp-39 b with its star in the background
    Astronomy

    The James Webb telescope spotted CO2 in an exoplanet’s atmosphere

    The first definitive detection of the gas on a world in another solar system paves the way for detections in planets that are more Earthlike.

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  3. An illustration of exoplanet GJ 1214b and its star.
    Astronomy

    The James Webb telescope is getting glimpses of small, far-off planets

    Hints of one exoplanet atmosphere’s chemical makeup and the discovery of a planet orbiting another star are two of the telescope’s early successes.

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  4. illustration of a mini-Neptune exoplanet
    Astronomy

    Mini-Neptunes may become super-Earths as the exoplanets lose their atmospheres

    Starlight is eroding the atmospheres of a handful of gassy exoplanets that are a bit smaller than Neptune, gradually exposing the rocky cores within.

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  5. wide image of Exoplanet HIP 65426 b with four insets showing how the planet looks in different wavelengths of light (purple, blue, yellow, and red)
    Astronomy

    Here’s the James Webb telescope’s first direct image of an exoplanet

    Along with spying its first exoplanet, the James Webb telescope got its first direct spectrum of an object orbiting a star in another solar system.

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  6. So much of science is looking and seeing

    Editor in chief Nancy Shute discusses the marvels of looking and seeing in science, from peeks into outer space to 3-D visualizations of protein structures.

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  7. An illustration of an exoplanet passing in front of a star.
    Planetary Science

    Methylated gases could be an unambiguous indicator of alien life

    On Earth, methylated gases are produced by organisms cleaning up their environment — and by little else. The same might be true on some exoplanets.

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  8. image of the Milky Way with exoplanet orbits indicated by purple circles
    Astronomy

    NASA’s exoplanet count surges past 5,000

    With a new batch of 60 confirmed exoplanets, the number of known worlds in our galaxy reaches another milestone.

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  9. an illustration of the rocky exoplanet GJ 1132b
    Planetary Science

    Oxygen-rich exoplanets may be geologically active

    Experiments show that rocks exposed to higher concentrations of oxygen have a lower melting temperature than rocks exposed to lower amounts.

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  10. illustration of a planet spiraling into its star
    Astronomy

    The first planet found by the Kepler space telescope is doomed

    The exoplanet dubbed Kepler 1658b is spiraling toward its host star and will meet a fiery death in less than 3 million years.

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  11. a brown dwarf, a failed star, illustrated against a black background
    Astronomy

    Sand clouds are common in atmospheres of brown dwarfs

    Dozens of newly examined brown dwarfs have clouds of silicates, confirming an old theory and revealing how these failed stars live.

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  12. illustration of exoplanet GJ 367b next to a glowing red star
    Planetary Science

    This tiny, sizzling exoplanet could be made of molten iron

    A newly discovered exoplanet that whips around its star in less than eight hours is smaller than Earth, as dense as iron and hot enough to melt.

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