Let There Be Water

Dr. Munr Kazmir
5 min readJun 2, 2023

Water, water, everywhere on Earth; is there a drop to drink anywhere else in the galaxy? According to the James Webb Telescope, signs point to yes.

“WASP-18 b, seen in an artist concept, is a gas giant exoplanet 10 times more massive than Jupiter that orbits its star in just 23 hours. Researchers used NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope to study the planet as it moved behind its star. Temperatures there reach 5,000 degrees Fahrenheit (2,700 C).” Artist Illustration Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech (K. Miller/IPAC)

For those who haven’t been breathlessly following its progress, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is a large, space-based observatory that was designed to be the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope. Since its triumphant launch on Christmas Day 2022, Webb has been wowing…