NASA's James Webb Space Telescope has captured its first image of an exoplanet– a planet beyond our solar system.

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The exoplanet, called HIP 65426 b, a gas giant with no rocky surface and could not be habitable.

Image Credit: NASA

"This is a transformative moment, not only for Webb but also for astronomy generally," Sasha Hinkley, an associate professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Exeter

According to NASA, the exoplanet is located about 355 light-years away from Earth and was first discovered in 2017.

The HIP 65426 b exoplanet is up to 12 times the mass of Jupiter 

The Hubble space telescope previously captured direct exoplanet images, but in far less detail.

The Webb Telescope is a collaboration between NASA, the European Space Agency and the Canadian Space Agency. 

The Webb Space Telescope is expected to operate for about 20 years.

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