The James Webb Space Telescope has comets to catch when the science begins

The James Webb Space Telescope has comets to catch when the science begins

Comets have mystified mankind for millennia, but with the James Webb Space Telescope beginning science operations this month, scientists are hoping to unlock secrets about these icy objects.

In a study led by Heidi Hammel, executive vice president of the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy and interdisciplinary scientist Webb, the James Webb Space Telescopethe powerful infrared instruments of will be trained on three comets in the solar system. The objective will be to analyze the chemical compositions of comets. Because comets are some of the most primitive bodies in the solar system, this information could reveal clues to the solar system’s beginnings.

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