July 8, 2022 17:00
The American Space Agency (NASA) has revealed a remarkable experimental image that testifies to the depth of the universe, taken by the James Webb Space Telescope.
The image, resulting from 72 exposures over a 32-hour period, was taken by the telescope’s onboard precision-guidance detector, the tool that allows the highly advanced craft to target and focus on objects of interest.
“This is one of the deepest images of the universe ever,” the US space agency said in a statement.
The image, according to NASA, offers an “amazing glimpse” of what the scientific community and thousands of enthusiasts are eagerly awaiting: the first high-resolution color image taken by the James Webb Telescope and due for release on July 12.
Bill Nelson, head of NASA, revealed, during a press conference at the end of last month at the Space Telescope Science Institute, the operational center of this very important tool in the field of space engineering, which costs 10 billion US dollars, that the telescope is exploring locations “further than any point humanity was able to reach.” look at it before.”
The James Webb Telescope was launched last December and is now located 1.5 million kilometers from Earth.
James Webb has the ability to look at points in the universe farther than any previous telescope thanks to his huge main mirror and instruments that receive infrared signals, allowing him to peer through clouds of dust.
It is expected that “James Webb”, in particular, will allow observing the first galaxies that were formed only a few hundred million years after the Big Bang, and the exoplanets.
On July 12, NASA intends to announce the first spectroscopic analysis of a distant exoplanet by the James Webb Telescope.
Spectroscopy is a tool for knowing the chemical and molecular composition of distant objects. In the case of a planet, this can help determine its atmosphere, monitor the presence of water, or analyze its soil.
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