Hubble’s Replacement: Images for a New Humanity

11 Feb

Scheduled for launch in 2014, the James Web Space Telescope will be the first telescope to surpass Hubble’s imaging capabilities of far away galaxies and give us the first clear images of what our universe looked like BILLIONS of years ago.

I know what you are asking, “So how does this telescope going to be different than others Keegan?” Well, this telescope will produce the most important images ever created in human existence. It will image galaxies so far away that the light from them has taken billions of years to reach us so, in essence, we will be looking back in time. The amazing thing about the James Webb Telescope over Hubble will be its ability to image galaxies as far back as 12 billion years. That’s amazing considering the big bang only occurred roughly 14 billion years ago.

Anyway, here’s a link to the site for Hubble and the new telescope.

The Universe: Blurry, As Hubble Sees It There are about 10 stars and about 10,000 galaxies in this image. As you probably know we live in a spiral galaxy we call the Milky Way, which would be 1 of the 10,000 white specs in this picture. For scale, if our solar system was a period in a book the Milky Way is the size of the United States.

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