The James Webb Space Telescope detects ice on the ringed asteroid Chariklo

The most extensive plans require some luck, even in space.

In October 2022, AJ The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST or Webb) is seen as CharikloThese are small ringed asteroids blocking stars. This event, called the cloud, is marked as Webb’s first. At the end of the month, Webb turned to Chariklo again and scored another win: for the first time, astronomers analyzing telescope data detected clear signs of water ice, the presence of which had only been hinted at until now. These observations will guide astronomers to better understand the nature and behavior of small bodies in the outer reaches of our solar system.

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