NASA’s James Webb telescope was tasked with capturing images closest to the origin of the universe, which will be released on July 12.
The James Webb telescope took a test photo of the deep spaceon the eve of the publication by NASA of the first images taken by this device, so powerful that it can trace the origins of the universe, was reported today.
the telescope of 10 billion dollars – launched in December last year and now orbiting the Sun 1.5 million kilometers from Earth – can go where no telescope has gone before, thanks to its huge main mirror and infrared focusing tools, that allow you to see through dust and gas.
The first fully formed images will be released on July 12, but today NASA provided a Engineering test photos, result of 72 exposures in 32 hours, showing a series of distant stars and galaxiesAFP news agency reported.
This is the NASA image released yesterday. It shows a test image from the fine guide sensor that was acquired in parallel with the NIRCam images of the star HD147980 over an eight-day period in early May.
The photo has a few “raw” qualities.NASA said in a statement, however it is “among the deepest images in the universe ever taken” and offers a “promising glimpse” of what will be revealed in the coming weeks, months and years.
“When the image was taken, I was thrilled to see the detailed structure of these faint galaxies clearly,” he said. Neil Rowland, Telescope Orientation Sensor Program Scientist at Honeywell Aerospace.
The “blur spots in this image are exactly the types of distant galaxies that Webb will be studying in his first year of scientific operations,” he says. Jane Rigby, Webb operations scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.
The new James Webb Telescope was launched into space by NASA in December 2001.
Bill Nelson, NASA administratorannounced last week that the James Webb is capable of peering into the cosmos more than any other telescope. “He will explore objects in the solar system and the atmosphere of exoplanets orbiting other stars, revealing how similar these atmospheres are to our own Nelson pointed out.
“Some questions will be solved such as: Where do we come from? What else is out there? Who we are? And, of course, it will answer questions that we haven’t even asked the questions about, “Nelson said.
Webb’s infrared capabilities allow him to see the Big Bang back in time, which occurred 13.8 billion years ago.
The first cosmological observations date back to 330 million years after the Big Bangbut with Webb’s capabilities, astronomers believe this record will easily be surpassed.