NASA lifted the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) towards the stars on Christmas 2021 after a lot of delays. Many people have very high expectations from JWST, as it’s thought to be the most powerful space telescope ever built.
After a long wait, JWST just released some memorable images, and you are free to feast your eyes on them below:
Webb’s image, taken by its MIRI instrument, features light from “polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons." These molecules of carbon & hydrogen help us better understand the gas that exists between stars. Get ready for Webb to #UnfoldTheUniverse in unprecedented detail this summer! pic.twitter.com/J1ttC6AZI8
— NASA Webb Telescope (@NASAWebb) May 9, 2022
Michael McElwain, who’s a Webb observatory project scientist from the Goddard Space Flight Center of NASA, stated during a press conference held by the space agency, and as Gizmodo quotes:
I’m delighted to report that the telescope alignment has been completed with performance even better than we had anticipated,
This is an extraordinary milestone for humanity.
Christopher Evans, who’s a Webb project scientist with the ESA (European Space Agency), said as quoted by the same source:
This is a really nice science example of what Webb will do for us in the coming years,
This is just going to give us an amazing view of the processes in a different galaxy for the first time, cutting through the dust.
The James Webb telescope has the goal of observing objects that are too far away and too old for the Hubble telescope to see. The former aims to take advantage of its infrared resolution and sensitivity for such purposes.
JWST will also try to bring back data from over 13 billion light-years away. If it succeeds, the telescope will also bring back data from the past, which is part of the beauty of astronomy. That’s because the farther away you look in space, the more you look back in time. This phenomenon happens due to the fact that even light can need a lot of time to travel from one point in space to another.