Surprise: Webb will take the first data and images of the Solar System on July 12! Here are the targets
Article by: Andacs Robert Eugen, on 09 July 2022, at 07:59 am Los Angeles time
Hmm ..., this is really an unexpected surprise: the first data and images from James Webb will be taken on July 12th and July 14th this year.
This unexpected announcement comes with the publication of Webb's program of scientific observations on July 10-15, 2022, and in this program are different targets in our Solar System!
The first target is even the most distant planet in the Solar System, meaning Neptune!
As NASA was also asked by scientists to make observations on the planets Neptune and Uranus, well that will happen, quickly and with the most powerful telescope.
Observations on the planet Neptune will have an average duration and will be made on July 12, but assured that many observations will probably be made on this planet and others in the Solar System.
But returning to the subject of the moment, James Webb Space Telescope has set for July 12 to make observations over the planet Neptune using the instrument and mode NIRCam Imaging, for 2 hours 6 minutes and 46 seconds.
Enough to show us how little we know about this planet.
Good, and the next observations of the Solar System in these 4 days starting with July 12, are on the asteroid 1998-BC1, with the help of MIRI Medium Resolution Spectroscopy and MIRI Imaging, somewhere over 5 hours.
And the next and last observations in Webb's first program are about Jupiter, the largest planet in the Solar System, and will last almost 2 hours.
More details and everything related to Webb's first observation program (July 10-15, 2022) can be found at the official address here.
There are a lot of targets that Webb will have, so there is no time for any breaks, so we wish Webb much success with these missions and we hope that it will surprise us with both the first images and data on July 12, 2022, as well as throughout its mission.