The Webb mission operations team has given the ‘go-ahead’ to move forward with the extension of its starboard primary mirror panel. This is the last of the major deployments on the observatory, and its completion will set the stage for the remaining five and a half months of commissioning, which consist of settling into stable operating temperature, aligning the mirrors, and calibrating the science instruments.
Any chance on accidental discoveries during the calibration? Or is it really 6 months of waiting now.
I can't think of any concept more terrifying than that. Except maybe being in extreme physical pain for the billions of years.
Happy surprises can always happen. They might release a few shots before final calibration if it already looks sharper than Hubble before it’s even done for example.
One of the first plane scientific shot and benchmark they want to do is to look at the Hubble deep field region and to make a comparison. Should be mind blowing when they’re fully calibrated.
It still perplexes me how we can receive signals from something 1.5 million kilometers away
Speed is not the problem, 5 secs delay only. Receiving/transmission of course is a bit more problematic but not at those distances with their large antennas. I mean, we communicated with rovers on mars at 342.8 million km.
They’re still communicating with Voyager 2 which is like >18 billion km. Now that..
ya know im not even really that into this stuff, not like some of you, at least. but this was super interesting and educational and i have to recommend it to anyone else who is curious, even if youre a dodo like me lol. thanks for sharing!
Very informative interview. Talk about capabilities and what they expect to get from Webb.
Not sure if already posted..
You can see the light from distant stars right? That light is information that your eyes can pick up. Radio waves are the same electromagnetic radiation, but at a different frequency. Our eyes can't detect those frequencies, but we have other types of instruments that can.How is that even possible