How NASA's Webb Telescope Will Search for Oxygen on Alien Worlds

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A new approach to detecting oxygen in the atmospheres of other planets may aid in the search for life beyond Earth.

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"Using the James Webb Space Telescope, the researchers will look for patterns of light in an exoplanet's atmosphere. When oxygen molecules collide, the event creates a strong signal that blocks parts of the infrared light spectrum from being seen by a telescope."

This explains how JWST in the infrared could be used to detect oxygen in an exoplanet atmosphere - but getting the spectra of the exoplanet atmosphere is not easy.
 

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