James Webb Space Telescope has sent back its clearest image yet

A crucial phase of mirror alignment has been completed for the James Webb Space Telescope, and the process resulted in the highest resolution infrared image ever taken from space Space 16 March 2022 By Leah Crane The James Webb Space Telescope focused on this bright star to align its mirrors NASA/STScI The James Webb Space … Read more

Webb Just Sent Back Its First-Ever Sharp Image of a Star, And It’s Breathtaking

A critical stage of the James Webb Space Telescope’s mirror alignment has been completed, keeping the state-of-the-art observatory on track to commence science observations in a few months. ¬† On March 11, the telescope completed its final round of fine phasing to correct alignment errors. No issues have been identified, and the Webb team is … Read more

James Webb Space Telescope’s 1st view of the cosmos has scientists thrilled for more

The James Webb Space Telescope’s main mirror is fully aligned and performing even better than it had been designed to do, NASA officials revealed in a news conference held virtually on Wednesday (March 16). The 21.3-foot-wide (6.5 meters) mirror composed of 18 hexagonal segments had to travel to space folded. Aligning it into one smooth … Read more

New James Webb Space Telescope photo showcases single star in key mission milestone

A new image taken by the James Webb Space Telescope during its alignment process shows galaxies and stars in the background. (Image credit: NASA/STScI) The next great observatory is sharpening its vision and well on the way to cracking mysteries of the universe. The James Webb Space Telescope launched in December, arrived at its station … Read more

James Webb Space Telescope spotted by Europe’s Gaia spacecraft 1 million miles from Earth (photo)

A star-charting spacecraft spotted NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope while both were working in deep space. The European Space Agency’s Gaia mission and the James Webb Space Telescope both orbit around Earth-sun Lagrange point 2, or L2, a gravitationally stable point between the sun and Earth that is roughly 930,000 miles (1.5 million¬†kilometers) from Earth. … Read more

NASA to release new James Webb Space Telescope images in update today. Here’s when to look.

NASA will release new images from the James Webb Space Telescope and discuss the observatory’s painstaking mirror alignment progress today (March 16) and you can follow it live online.¬† The space agency will hold a virtual press conference at 12 p.m. EDT (1600 GMT) that will air live on NASA TV, the NASA app and … Read more

The James Webb Space Telescope will show us more stars than we’ve ever seen before

You’ve probably heard of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, but do you know what it’s actually going to do? Webb is the most powerful telescope ever built, and its assorted instruments will give us a clearer view of more stars than we’ve ever seen. The observatory, which is currently undergoing calibration to prepare for the … Read more

James Webb Space Telescope will study super-bright quasars to understand early universe

Some of the James Webb Space Telescope‘s first science investigations will probe the role that bright objects called quasars played in early galaxy evolution. Quasars are distant objects powered by black holes typically a billion times as massive as our sun. They emit energies that can climb to trillions of electron volts, exceeding the total … Read more

James Webb Space Telescope will study icy objects in the mysterious ‘graveyard of the solar system’

Pluto may no longer be a planet, but the dwarf planet and its icy neighbors in the Kuiper Belt are about to enter the spotlight. One of the James Webb Space Telescope‘s first missions this year will be a program to study Pluto and some of the thousands of other celestial objects in the Kuiper … Read more

James Webb Space Telescope instrument gets ready to probe the universe’s chemistry

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope is preparing for a deep-space chemistry experiment. During the observatory’s commissioning and ongoing mirror alignment, Webb’s Near-Infrared Spectrograph (NIRSpec) team successfully finished initial check-out and characterization of three mechanisms that are key for the instrument to do its work. “The NIRSpec team will continue their commissioning efforts. The whole team … Read more