NASA’s massive space telescope has finally reached a “parking point” on the celestial body where it will gather ground-breaking information about deep space.
After decades of planning and months of delay, the James Webb telescope was successfully launched on Christmas Day – and reached its final orbit on January 24.
In addition to revealing the biggest secrets of the universe, the giant mirror can “sniff” out signs of alien life.
So now that it’s launched, where exactly is it on its journey?
Where is the James Webb Space Telescope?
Before reaching the final destination, James Webb is moving through space at breakneck speed.
It is currently “parked” about a million miles from Earth.
This final location is where JWST will conduct all of its space science operations.
It is located at the second Lagrange point of the Sun-Earth, which is an area where objects can stay for the most part.
“This is truly an amazing achievement. I’m especially delighted that the mission’s science life can now be longer than originally planned,” said UCL professor Richard Ellis, the only one. based in Europe on the JWST proposal panel in 1996, said. .
“When one considers the enormous impact of Hubble over the years, this enhances JWST well.
“The astronomy community can’t wait to see the first dramatic images of the early universe, hopefully later this year.”
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What stage is the James Webb telescope in?
The James Webb Space Telescope was launched on December 25.
For the first two and a half days, the telescope was in the early stages of deployment.
At James Webb’s colossal size, the most important gilded mirrors are actually made up of 18 ingenious hexagonal parts that unfold and snap together like a perfect mosaic.
But before all that can happen, the sunshade needs to be assembled.
This starts on the third day.
According to NASA, it marks the beginning of a “primary phase” and when it begins “blooming like a flower”.
There are five layers, which help protect the sensitive photocell from the sun.
That period ends on the ninth day.
You can get live updates on the telescope’s exact phase by visiting NASA website.
NASA also posts regular updates about Twitter.
When will the James Webb telescope return?
JWST will eventually run out of fuel.
When the 5- to 10-year mission is complete, JWST will likely fall out of orbit and become space debris.
JWST is a significant distance from Earth, and there are currently no plans to retrieve or refuel it.
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