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NASA’s James Webb Telescope to Help Study Early Cosmic History, Identify Life Outside our Solar System

Here are the Latest Technology Updates Today: NASA‘s James Webb Telescope to Help Study Early Cosmic History, Identify Life Outside our Solar System.

Highlights

· Images were taken by James Webb in infrared

· The appearance of the earliest stars is still unknown to science.

· James Webb will be used to study the 39 light-year-distance Trappist-1 system.

This week saw the release of the James Webb Space Telescope’s first breathtaking photographs, but its exploration of the cosmos has just begun.

NASA’s James Webb Telescope: Initially Formed Stars and Galaxies

NASA's James Webb Telescope
NBC News

The potential to explore the earliest period of cosmic history, just after the Big Bang 13.8 billion years ago, is one of the telescope’s major promises.

Since it takes longer for light from far-off objects to get to us, looking back into the distant universe is equivalent to looking deep into the past.

Astronomer Dan Coe, a specialist in the early universe, said that “we’re going to peer back into that earliest time to observe the first galaxies that formed in the history of the universe.”

Astronomers have so far traveled back to the Big Bang 97 percent of the way, but “when we look at these galaxies that are so far away, we just see these small red specks.”

We will finally be able to peer inside these galaxies and determine their composition thanks to Webb.

Webb should reveal earlier redder stars in them that were unseen to the Hubble Space Telescope, since the oldest galaxies were “clumpy and irregular,” as opposed to the spiral or elliptical shapes that they have today.

Observing one of the known most distant galaxies, MACS0647-JD, which he discovered in 2013, and Earendel, the most distant star yet observed, which was discovered in March of this year, are Coe’s next Webb tasks.

The First Stars, Which Likely Began Developing 100 Million Years After The Big Bag, Are Still Unknown to Science

NASA's James Webb Telescope
The New York Times

The so-called “Population III” stars, which are predicted to have been far more massive than the Sun and “pristine,” meaning they were formed only of hydrogen and helium, are among the things Coe said, “we might witness that are really unusual.”

The cosmic chemical enrichment that produced the stars and planets we see today was facilitated by these finally exploding in supernovae.

Scientists are equally interested in spectroscopy as the general public is in Webb’s magnificent images, which were captured in infrared because light from the outer cosmos has expanded into these wavelengths as the universe has expanded.

Astronomical forensic science, or the analysis of an object’s light spectrum, discloses its characteristics, such as temperature, mass, and chemical composition.

 

 

 

 

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