The James Webb Space Telescope, a powerful $10 billion observatory run by
Get ready for stunning astronomical photos and data, scientists say.
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“We’re only beginning to understand what Webb can and will do,” NASA administrator Bill Nelson said at a news briefing last week. “It may answer some questions that we have: Where do we come from? What more is out there? Who are we? And, of course, it’s going to answer some questions that we don’t even know what the questions are.”
For the first photo drop, NASA is planning to reveal the images, one by one, during a broadcasted event at 10:30 a.m. ET on July 12. You can watch this
Then, you can ask the experts your burning questions about the new pictures and science. Questions can be submitted on social media using the hashtag #askNASA on Twitter or by leaving a comment in the chat section on
“It may answer some questions that we have: Where do we come from? What more is out there? Who are we?”
The huge telescope is comprised of 18 hexagonal-shaped mirrors, which are now perfectly aligned. Alignment
NASA has kept most of the presentation a secret, but officials confirmed last week they’ll show a photo that is
What’s more, the space agency will release an atmospheric observation of a planet that is not in this solar system — what’s known as an exoplanet spectrum. The light data from the spectrum provides astronomers with detailed information about what molecules — like water, carbon dioxide, and methane — exist there. These findings could help determine whether other planets could be hospitable to life.