James Webb’s spectrum of clear-skies exoplanet WASP-96b

Among the first 5 images released from the James Webb Space Telescope is its first spectrum of an exoplanet, WASP-96. This shows the clear detection of water vapour, and is the first taster of many such results to come:

Here is the transit light-curve from which the spectrum derives:

The JWST results have been reported in a large fraction of the world’s media outlets. This is the first time the spectrum of an exoplanet has lit up New York’s Times Square:

Of numerous media articles on WASP-96b, here is a typical example from The Atlantic.