The James Webb Space Telescope Has Opened Its ‘Eyes’

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James Webb Space Telescope’s First Look at Outer Space Is a Kaleidoscope of Faint Starlight

by Elizabeth Gamillo/Smithsonianmag.com

After unfolding all 18 of its golden mirrors last month, the James Webb Space Telescope has captured its first look at starlight.

“This amazing telescope has not only spread its wings, but it has now opened its eyes,” Lee Feinberg, the Webb optical telescope element manager at NASA, explained in a press conference. Like wiping your eyes after a bleary-eyed glimpse of daylight in the morning, the telescope still needs to adjust its focus.

The inaugural shot is much blurrier than the “unprecedented views of the universe” it will begin capturing when set-up is complete this summer, according to a NASA statement. Until the mirrors are fully aligned, each one is functioning as an individual telescope, explains George Dvorsky for Gizmodo. Technically, JWST captured 18 blurry images of the same star on its first go, but that’s actually a great start.

“Launching Webb to space was of course an exciting event, but for scientists and optical engineers, this is a pinnacle moment, when light from a star is successfully making its way through the system down onto a detector,” said Michael McElwain, Webb observatory project scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.

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  1. You do realize that this telescope is there to attempt to reinforce the technocratic notion that “there is no God”! Obviously, it can’t see God, yet it sees the light from the “beginning” of creation and somehow the NASA scientists come to the conclusion of a big explosion that instead of driving the matter apart, it actually brought together the necessary ingredients for life as we know it?? You see – their theory leaves you with another thousand unanswered questions.

    • Chask, I do not think science and any scientific endeavor is to prove there is no god. Fit him into whatever you want. What is there, is there…pure and simple.

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