The James Webb Space Telescope was launched in late December and is now being prepared for research. The scientists’ chain is long, but we know that this year the instrument will be used to observe the solar system’s graveyard, the Kuiper Belt.

The Kuiper belt is a place in the Solar System located at its edge. There are many objects, including the dwarf planet Pluto and its moon Charon. Scientists believe that the James Webb Space Telescope will allow us to better understand this region of our corner of the Milky Way.

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Pluto – image taken by the New Horizons spacecraft

A probe passed over Pluto a few years ago new Horizons. It has collected valuable data about the planet, but the James Webb Space Telescope will allow to study it more closely. This is because he has More detailed tools And by the way, he’ll be able to see this and other things from the Kuiper Belt For a long time.

The James Webb Space Telescope also studies centaurs. These are Kuiper belt objects approaching the Sun. One of them is Triton, or Neptune’s moon that the planet once intercepted.