What will the James Webb telescope find out about the universe?


On Thursday 14 July at 19:30 GMT:
This week, NASA unveiled the most detailed images of the cosmos humanity has ever seen. Groundbreaking descriptions of galaxy clusters, exoplanet atmospheres and dying stars are just the beginning for the James Webb Space Telescope, which astronomers say has ushered in a new era of space observation.

The Webb telescope can explore deep space further than any other telescope and with a level of detail never seen before. The Webb telescope aims to understand the origin of the universe by scanning early cosmic history and the birth of astronomical objects. Another research goal is to study the atmospheres of planets outside our solar system and look for signs of habitability beyond Earth.

The most powerful and expensive space observatory in human history, the Webb Telescope is a $9.7 billion collaboration between NASA, the European Space Agency and Canadian Space Agency. It was launched into space in December 2021 and has now reached orbit about 1.5 million kilometers from Earth.

In this episode of The Stream, we discuss the James Webb Space Telescope and what it might discover about our universe.

In this episode of The Stream we speak with:
Jessie Christiansen, @aussiaastronomer
Project Scientist, NASA Exoplanet Archive

Rene Doyon, @rene_doyon
Principal Investigator, NIRISS

Lamiya Mowla
Observational Astronomer

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