Astro Bob's Backyard Astronomy: The Vast Emptiness of Space? The James Webb Telescope Shows Otherwise
Today, the James Webb telescope delivered.
Launched in December, the nearly ten billion dollar project is sending back photos of space's far reaches - and it's a party. The first image was a 12.5-hour exposure that revealed numerous of galaxies in what is only a tiny portion of the sky. "Imagine holding a grain of sand from Park Point Beach up to the sky," says Bob King, "in that much sky there were thousands of galaxies."
The James Webb's predecessor, the Hubble, took a similar picture, but the process took several weeks as opposed to half a day.
NASA has been releasing photos through the morning via their NASA youtube page. "What a banner day," said NASA Administrator Bill Nelson. "We don't ever want to stop exploring the heavens."
Intentions are for the James Webb to continue it's task of capturing photos for the next several decades.