Nasa’s new $10 billion satellite telescope has captured breathtaking photos of a “stellar nursery” and a “cosmic dance.” To celebrate the James Webb observatory’s preparation to start conducting science activities, the two images as well as others were displayed to the public on Tuesday. Since its inauguration, the facility has been put through testing for the last six months. Webb, which is regarded as the Hubble telescope’s successor, is anticipated to continue to be a major force in scientific discovery for at least the next 20 years.
The US, European, and Canadian space agencies are working together to build the new observatory, with Nasa taking the initiative. Webb has a particular tuning that allows him to view the sky in infrared, which is light with longer wavelengths than what our eyes can detect. It will be able to see farther into the Universe than its predecessor thanks to this, and as a result, discover events that happened more than 13.5 billion years ago. In the hopes of finding indications of life, astronomers will also employ its more sophisticated capabilities to examine the atmospheres of planets in our Milky Way Galaxy.
According to Prof. Gillian Wright, a British researcher and co-principal investigator on one of Webb’s four infrared instruments, the initial set of photographs was simply a preview of what would come. “Whenever you look at the sky in a new way, you see things that you didn’t expect. “The fact that these new data are so good, that they’re of such good quality, that they’ve been obtained in just a few hours of observations – that’s telling you that the discoveries are just sitting out there waiting to be made,” the director of the UK Astronomy Technology Centre told BBC News.