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James Webb Space Telescope (JWST)

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is a space telescope that was launched on December 25, 2021. It is the largest and most powerful telescope ever built, and it is designed to study the universe in infrared light. JWST is a joint project of NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA), and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA).

JWST is expected to revolutionize our understanding of the universe. It will be able to see the first stars and galaxies that formed after the Big Bang, and it will be able to study the atmospheres of exoplanets in search of signs of life.

Here are some of the things that JWST is expected to do:

  • See the first stars and galaxies that formed after the Big Bang.
  • Study the atmospheres of exoplanets in search of signs of life.
  • Observe the formation of stars and planets.
  • Study the evolution of galaxies.
  • Look for black holes and other exotic objects.

Here are some additional details about JWST:

  • It is named after James E. Webb, who was the administrator of NASA from 1961 to 1968.
  • It is the largest and most powerful telescope ever built, with a primary mirror that is 6.5 meters in diameter.
  • It is designed to study the universe in infrared light, which allows it to see through dust and gas.
  • It is located at the second Sun-Earth Lagrange point, which is a stable point in space that is 1.5 million kilometers from Earth.
  • It is expected to operate for at least 10 years.

JWST is a truly amazing telescope, and it is sure to make many new discoveries in the years to come.

 



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