The James Webb Telescope

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The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is the single most advanced telescope ever made. NASA lead fourteen countries in the construction of JWST which spanned over two decades.  The telescope was built to allow astronomers the ability to see past clouds of dust and gas in order to study what is known as the infrared portion of the electromagnetic spectrum and, according to NASA, give astronomers a window to star formations taking place only between 100 and 250 million years after the Big Bang. JWST’s mission is predicted to last somewhere between 5 and 10 years and is expected to unlock fundamental uncertainties about the origin of the cosmos and life in the Universe.

JWST will hold an L2 orbit around the sun, not earth and remain within earth’s shadow for the duration of its mission. The reason for this is to eliminate all heat and light sources from hitting JWST’s primary mirror which is made up of 18 hexagonal segments. The intense jargon is all in this helpful FAQ from NASA.

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~ by Santiago on August 30, 2013.

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