Here we go: The first images of the “world’s largest and most powerful space telescope” will be presented on July 12, with first preview on July 11. For the occasion, US President Joe Biden will be there.
How to continue viewing James Webb’s photos
- What or what? The first real shots from the James Webb Space Telescope;
- when ? July 11 at 11 pm (Paris time) and July 12 at 4:30 pm (same);
- where ? in Facebook, Twitterand YouTube, Twitch, and DailyMotion.
Historical event of astronomy
The event promises to be historic. In any case, NASA is doing its best to give it an unforgettable dimension. On July 12, 2022 we will finally discover the first real snapshots taken by the James Webb Space Telescope, which left Earth in December and 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 reveal the secrets of our solar system, observe distant worlds around other stars, and investigate the mysterious structures and origins of our universe and our place in it. NASA writes.
But the fact that NASA couldn’t wait until July 12, 2022 to show the first snapshots from the observatory, even if the images turned out to be incomplete or do not do justice to the quality of the scientific instruments on board. We saw the agency post pictures in February, and then other, more adorable pictures in March. And again at the beginning of July.
Who are the first goals of James Webb?
Indeed, NASA is so impatient that it is now certain that the first image taken by James Webb, in full color and with the telescope’s capabilities, will be shown on July 11, the day before the announcement. And by the way, the agency will include Joe Biden in the episode: It has been confirmed that the US President He will reveal a screenshot at 11 p.m. (Paris time).
Between July 11 and 12, five targets will be honored in the images to be submitted: the Carina Nebula, WASP-96b, the Southern Ring Nebula, Stephan’s Quintet and SMACS 0723. Presentations will be made in partnership with the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) , starting at 4:30 pm.
Here’s what the space agencies are saying:
- The Carina Nebula. The Carina Nebula is one of the largest and brightest nebulae in the sky. It is located about 7,600 light-years away in the southern constellation Carina. Nebulae are stellar nurseries. Several massive stars several times larger than the Sun have been found in the Carina Nebula.
- WASP-96b (spectrum). Exoplanet WASP-96b is a gas giant located about 1,150 light-years away. It orbits its star in 3.4 days. Its mass is about half that of Jupiter. Its discovery was announced in 2014.
- The Southern Ring Nebula. The Southern Ring Nebula is a planetary nebula, an expanding gas cloud around a dying star. Its diameter is approximately half a light year. It is about 2000 light years away.
- Stephen Quintet. Stephan’s Quintet is located about 290 million light-years away in the constellation Pegasus. It is the first compact group of galaxies discovered. Four of these five galaxies do a “cosmic dance,” moving back and forth near each other repeatedly.
- SMAX 0723. When in the foreground during observations, massive galaxy clusters amplify and distort the light from the objects behind them. It thus makes it possible to explore the depths of the universe to observe galaxies that are very distant as well as galaxies whose luminosity is intrinsically weak.
If you want to follow the first footage of the James Webb Telescope live, know that the broadcast will be on many channels. NASA has created a special page. They will be published one by one and each image will be available simultaneously on social media as well as on the agency’s website on this dedicated page.
NASA also planned to broadcast live on Facebook, Twitterand YouTube, Twitch, and DailyMotion. See you at 4:30 PM on July 12, 2022!