The James Webb Space Telescope is digging deep into the mysteries of gas planets

It could be argued that one of the most perplexing aspects of our solar system is the fact that not every planet is a nice, solid rock like Earth. Some are literally, almost entirely, made of gas. You can’t exactly “stand” anywhere on Jupiter, unless you manage to fall all the way through its gaseous layers and survive an unreal amount of pressure before making your way to the orange-streaked world’s potentially rocky core. That doesn’t sound ideal.

Even sci-fi video game creators sometimes struggle depicting what it’d be like to traverse one of these worlds. The first thing I tried to do after getting some free reign in the Xbox game Starfield was land my ship on its simulated Neptune, just to see what would happen. The game wouldn’t allow it. Needless to say, the mystery of massive gas orbs is a highly intriguing one for scientists, too. And now that they have the James Webb Space Telescope‘s incredibly powerful infrared eyes available, they’re putting the spaceborne instrument on the case. 

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