According to the British newspaper “Daily Mail”, Caprice Phillips, a graduate student at Ohio University, said, “The results of her study show that we may realistically find signs of life on another planet in the next five to ten years.”
When the James Webb Space Telescope launches in October, Phillips added, it can practically detect ammonia around gaseous dwarf planets after a few orbits.
And none of these super-terrestrial planets or small Neptune are inside our solar system, so scientists are struggling to determine if their atmospheres contain ammonia and other potential signs of living things.
Phillips and her team modeled how James Webb’s tools would respond to changing clouds and weather conditions on a gaseous dwarf planet, then produced an ordered list of where the telescope should search for life, creating a potential set of targets for the first observations.
The James Webb Space Telescope will provide unprecedented insight into the atmospheric composition of gaseous dwarf planets, and the atmospheres of the target worlds contain completely different chemistry than an inhabited Earth-like planet with an oxidizing atmosphere.
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