Recent Development on James Webb Space Telescope
The telescope has finally reached its final destination, known as Lagrange point 2. The L2 position was planned to be the point that would be gravitationally stable for the telescope. The L2 point is nearly a million miles from the Earth, to the opposite direction of the sun. After nearly a month of traveling the telescope has finally reached the point specified by NASA.
NASA held a live webcast for those interested in the arrival insertion burn. The event took place at 2000GMT or 3 PM EST. With the event transforming into a conference in which future objectives and goals for the telescope were announced.
The telescope is arriving a day later than anticipated, which is why the dates for the teleconference were pushed forward. The telescope is expected to bring a lot of advancements for the space industry as more knowledge about the formation of stars and planets is expected to be found.
The need to know more
We always wonder how much more is out there. Whether you believe in life other than this planet, or you don’t. There must be at least a single instance in which you would have stared at the stars in admiration. To fulfill its need for discovery and exploration, the James Webb Telescope was launched on December 25, 2021 and now exactly a month later has completed a milestone.
Let’s dig deep to find all the information on why the James Webb Telescope is important for discovery and exploration.
Why was the James Webb Telescope launched?
NASA or National Aeronautics and Space Administration has always been the leader in space exploration. Whether it be the first men on the moon or exploring the depths of space, the space program has always been vital. Amongst its many different programs, one of the mission goals is to explore far and early stars to understand planet and star formation. For this reason, a telescope much stronger than the Hubble telescope was launched into space to observe the further parts of space.
The James Webb Telescope was launched with four main objectives in mind. As the telescope is using a different approach to exploration, it will be able to complete its objective in a much better manner. The four key agendas of the mission are:
- The study of galaxy evolution and its formation
- Formation of planets stars and understanding them better
- The observation of light that comes from the very first stars and galaxies from the beginning of time
- To observe planetary systems and the start of life.
With the help of infrared astronomy, scientists will be able to measure a lot of more dim lights.
The telescope is expected to see back in time
The amazing thing about the technology used in the James Webb Space Telescope is that it will allow scientists to pick up on the faintest of light. This would mean that the telescope may possibly pick up on the light from stars that were formed towards the big band, or in other words, the creation of the universe. Due to the vastness of the universe, those stars or galaxies may be long gone. However, it just might be now that their light is able to reach a million miles just off the crust of the Earth.