Literally, Science Alert


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If you’re a space fanatic as I am, then you have probably read about the first pictures from the James Webb Space Telescope. The Webb was 20 years in the making. Finally, everyone who worked on the Webb project got their first look at what their hard and time-consuming work has done.

A critical stage of the James Webb Space Telescope’s mirror alignment has been completed, keeping the state-of-the-art observatory on track to commence science observations in a few months.

On March 11, the telescope completed its final round of fine phasing to correct alignment errors. No issues have been identified, and the Webb team is sure that every optical parameter is working as well as it can.

“More than 20 years ago, the Webb team set out to build the most powerful telescope that anyone has ever put in space and came up with an audacious optical design to meet demanding science goals,” said astrophysicist Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate.

To demonstrate its capabilities, Webb focused on a single star, named 2MASS J17554042+6551277, more commonly known as TYC 4212-1079-1.

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