It’s interesting to know about something if it is kept hidden. Something similar has happened with NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope and its first target that has been kept a Hides with the world.
In the first year of its scientific career, the James Webb Space Telescope will study the galaxies around the Milky Way, look at the oldest stars in the universe, or look inside the mysterious remains of an exploding star.
What is Webb Hiding?
The powerful James Webb Space Telescope recently aligned its mirrors and showed the sharpness of its eyes to a random star.
But geologists are still holding their breath with the first appropriate scientific images, the objects of which will be kept under surveillance until the release of photographs, in July.
NASA has been mocking those images during the launch and authorization campaign, but project staff remain fully aware of their intentions.
However, one of the most preconceived notions of the observatory is public information. During the press conference, Rigby, an official, confirmed that Webb’s first year of scientific research had been completed.
We have chosen more than a full year of science, “said Rigby.” Those goals, those plans are fully defined. Computer files tell Webb how it captures data, we have all of that in hand. “
Rigby said NASA received more than a thousand research proposals from astronomers from around the world and selected “the best,” including those seeking light from the first stars and galaxies that appeared in space just a few hundred million years after the Big Bang. Read more: Will the James Webb Space Telescope see the Big Bang?
What Will The Webb Telescope Be Looking At?
“We will be looking back, to understand how galaxies like our Milky Way formed, from 13.7 billion cosmic times,” he added, adding that the $ 10 billion Webb observatory will also study exoplanets, planets orbiting stars other than our sun, and analyze their atmosphere.
In a previous interview, Olivia Jones, an astronomer at the Royal Observatory in Edinburgh, Scotland, said that among the objects aimed at the telescope would be the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds, two small galaxies at the seafront of the Milky Way.
Jones said Webb will reveal the chemical composition of these galactic companions of our galaxy in detail never known before. Scientists know that both of these two small galaxies have significantly lower metal content than the Milky Way, which suggests their different chemical evolution.
Jones said later this year that the observations will focus on the Butterfly Nebula, a remnant of an exploded giant star which was located in the Milky Way some 3,800 light-years away from Earth.
Why Did James Webb Not Sent Pictures Immediately After Being Placed In Its Orbit?
NASA Rigby explained at a press conference this during the screening process, engineers used only one of the four advanced telescope science equipment, the Near Infrared Camera (NIRCam).
The other three instruments, Rigby said, are illuminated, but still need to be repaired and matched to mirrors to produce the best scientific images.
“Now we have to align the telescope to all four scientific instruments, so all four of these instruments get a good picture,” Rigby said. The merger program will continue until the end of June, with scientific observations expected to begin in early July. Only then can we see the breathtaking and exceptional pictures of space captured by JWST.
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