NASA presents Webb’s first targets, and some of them are outside the galaxies

26/05/2022
Credit image: NASA//Chris Gunn - The primary mirror of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope consisting of 18 hexagonal mirrors looks like a giant puzzle piece standing in the massive clean room of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland
Credit image: NASA//Chris Gunn - The primary mirror of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope consisting of 18 hexagonal mirrors looks like a giant puzzle piece standing in the massive clean room of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland

Article by: Andacs Robert Eugen, on 26 May 2022, at 11:49 am Los Angeles time

NASA and the Space Science Telescope Institute present in a report the first targets for the James Webb Space Telescope, which will be part of Cycle 1 of the "time machine" observations.

These include a multitude of galaxies, exoplanets and disks, interstellar and stellar mediums, as well as intergalactic and circumgalactic structures.

In addition, the James Webb Telescope will also explore targets in our Solar System, with NASA presenting how Webb would transmit data about the planets and moons in the Solar System. More details here.

Astronomers expect Webb to transmit data about the atmospheres of the various exoplanets they observe, which will help scientists find exoplanets where life would be possible.

But in addition to the many galaxies they will study, the space between them, and more, astronomers expect data and possible images of black holes to determine exactly how they behave and what they are more precisely, these mysterious bodies, which we know for sure exist and have some small pieces of information about them, but the data are insufficient to draw clear conclusions.

In any case, the first observations of the super-performing telescope will begin this summer, with scientists and engineers completing the final phase of commissioning the telescope, ie the calibration of scientific instruments, in a few weeks. More details here.

The first targets that Webb will observe can be found here: https://www.stsci.edu/jwst/science-execution/approved-programs/cycle-1-go

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