In early May, an astronomer inspecting the world James Webb Space Telescope announced that it was the first color images photographed by equipment It will be announced in July. Now, the official date has been announced: the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), in partnership with other space agencies, the day will publish color photos taken by space equipment 12 July 2022.
The photos will be taken with an infrared sensor (NIRcam) and a mid-infrared sensor (MIRI), two of Webb’s four science instruments – the other two classify light from distant objects to understand data such as chemical composition and temperature. objects. objects. In total, the instruments offer 17 scientific modes.
According to Klaus Pontoppidan, the project’s scientist and technician, the purpose of the color photographs is to demonstrate the potential of the observations made by James Webb. However, the number of images to be released has not been disclosed so far.
“Our goals for the first images and data from Webb are to showcase the telescope’s powerful tools and predict the future of its science mission… real quantitative figures for the astronomical community,” Pontoppidan told Inverse.
The telescope’s first color images will be of cosmic objects selected from a list written by a committee that includes professionals from NASA, the European Space Agency, the Canadian Space Agency and the Space Telescope Science Institute.
The James Webb Space Telescope was launched in December 2021, and since then scientists have been preparing the device to begin collecting data in practice—the researchers aligning the telescope’s mirrors and calibrating the four science instruments.
The James Webb Space Telescope has four main purposes: to study light from distant galaxies that formed the universe after the big bang; to study the formation and evolution of galaxies; to study the origin and evolution of stars and planetary systems; and try to understand the origin of life.
Source: Tec Mundo
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