Here we are: the first images of the “largest and most powerful space telescope in the world” will be presented on July 12, with a first preview on July 11. The President of the United States Joe Biden will be present for the occasion.
How to follow the presentation of James Webb’s images
- What ? The first real shots from the James Webb Space Telescope;
- When ? July 11 at 11pm (Paris time) and July 12 at 4.30pm (same);
- Where is it ? On Facebook, TwitterYouTube, Twitch and DailyMotion.
A historic event for astronomy
The event promises to be historic. In any case, the American space agency (NASA) is doing everything to give it a memorable dimension. It is in fact on 12 July 2022 that we will finally discover the first real shots taken by the James Webb space telescope, which left the Earth in December and which is today 1.5 million kilometers from Earth.
” See the long-awaited first images of James Webb, the largest telescope ever launched into space. It will unravel the mysteries of our solar system, observe distant worlds around other stars, and probe the mysterious structures and origins of our universe and our place in it. “NASA writes.
But the fact that NASA could not wait until July 12, 2022 to show the first captures of the observatory, even if the photos turn out to be incomplete or do not do justice to the quality of the scientific instruments on board. We saw the photos released by the agency in February, then other more spectacular ones in March. And again in early July.
Who are James Webb’s first targets?
In fact, NASA is so impatient that it is now certain that a first photo taken by James Webb, in color and with all the potential of the telescope, will be presented on 11 July, the day before the announcement. And for the occasion, the agency will have Joe Biden around: the American president has been confirmed will reveal a snapshot at 11pm (Paris time).
Between 11 and 12 July, five objectives will be honored in the photos that will be presented: the Carina Nebula, WASP-96b, the Southern Ring Nebula, Stephan’s Quintet and SMACS 0723. The presentations will be made in collaboration with the Agency European Space (ESA) and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), starting at 4.30pm.
Here’s what the space agencies say:
- Carina Nebula. The Carina Nebula is one of the largest and brightest nebulae in the sky. It is located approximately 7,600 light-years away in the southern constellation of Carina. Nebulae are nurseries of stars. In the Carina Nebula there are many massive stars several times larger than the Sun.
- WASP-96b (spectrum). The exoplanet WASP-96b is a gas giant located nearly 1,150 light-years away. It revolves around its star in 3.4 days. Its mass is about half that of Jupiter. Its discovery was announced in 2014.
- Southern ring nebula. The Southern Ring Nebula is a planetary nebula, an expanding cloud of gas around a dying star. Its diameter is almost half a light year. It is about 2000 light years away.
- Stefano’s Quintet. Located about 290 million light-years away, Stephan’s Quintet is located in the constellation of Pegasus. It is the first compact group of galaxies discovered. Four of these five galaxies do a “cosmic dance”, where they move back and forth close to each other repeatedly.
- SMAC 0723. When in the foreground during observing, huge clusters of galaxies amplify and distort the light from the objects behind them. Thus, they make it possible to probe the depths of the cosmos to observe very distant galaxies and even galaxies whose luminosity is intrinsically weak.
If you want to follow the presentation of the first shots of the James Webb telescope live, know that the broadcast will take place on many channels. NASA has created a special page. They will be published one by one and each image will be simultaneously made available on social networks as well as on the agency’s website, on this dedicated page.
NASA has also scheduled live broadcasts on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Twitch and DailyMotion. See you at 4:30 pm on July 12, 2022!
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