“James Webb”: a space telescope captured the spiky glow of a star

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The James Webb Space Telescope captures the star’s spiky glow

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A star by name "2MASS J17554042+6551277" served as a test object for a test entry A star by name "2MASS J17554042+6551277" served as a test object for a test entry

A star called “2MASS J17554042+6551277” served as a test object for the test recording.

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Some researchers felt dizzy looking at the photo: launched in December, the James Webb Space Telescope aligned its 18 mirror segments and photographed the invisible universe. According to the US space agency NASA, the device performs better than expected.

The new James Webb Space Telescope has taken a test image of the previously unseen universe and amazed scientists. A test image released on Wednesday by US space agency NASA shows the spiky rays of a star surrounded by galaxies and other stars.

It is 2,000 light years from Earth, and a light year is 9.4 trillion kilometers. Its light is about 100 times weaker than what the human eye can see.

The scientists were delighted. “You can’t help but see thousands of galaxies, which are really beautiful,” said project scientist Jane Rigby. Others admitted that they felt dizzy looking at the photo.

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For the survey, the telescope’s 18 hexagonal mirrors were connected together to see how well the device performs at a distance of 1.6 million kilometers from Earth. The shape of the mirrors and filters made the star look especially pointed and red.

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The experts were especially encouraged by the background. According to Rigby, the galaxies observed there are billions of years old. She hopes that with the help of the James Webb telescope it will be possible to look far into the history of the universe – several hundred million years after the Big Bang about 13.8 billion years ago.

Hoping for information about the Big Bang

James Webb was launched on December 25 aboard an Ariane launch vehicle from the European Kourou space station in French Guiana. During the flight, which lasted about four weeks, among other things, the telescope’s sunshield was opened and the mirror systems were expanded.

Then in January, James Webb reached his target orbit. Scientists hope the images taken by the telescope will provide insight into the time after the Big Bang about 13.8 billion years ago.

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In February, the telescope had already sent the first images back to Earth, including photos of the star and selfies. The still somewhat blurry images should have proved that the telescope’s camera and 18 mirror segments are basically working. Now the researchers have combined different photographs of the same star into one image.

Frame in all its glory

Frame in all its glory

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The development of “James Webb” took about 30 years and cost about 10 billion dollars (about 8.8 billion euros). It follows the Hubble telescope, which has been in use for over 30 years.

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