NASA’s newest space gizmo is up and running and is returning some intriguing results.
Experts looking for signs of a distant way of life in the universe are getting excited after the giant mirror first reported back.
In a major milestone to ensure all systems are working properly, the James Webb Telescope has received the first light from a distant star.
The photons mean scientists can advance the next phase of a $10 billion project.
That involved a process of arranging 18 large mirrors so that everything could be seen clearly.
Once put together, they will act like a giant single mirror but will take three months of careful precision.
“The images taken by Webb during this time period will not be ‘beautiful’ images like the new views of the universe that Webb will release later this summer,” Nasa said.
“They absolutely serve the purpose of preparing telescopes for science.”
Webb is the largest and most complex telescope of its kind, equipped with a variety of intricate kits.
Its aim is to explore the hidden depths of our universe, peering into the faint glow of early stars and galaxies created some 250 million years after the Big Bang.
This kit will be able to see through the dense dust clouds that cover distant planets.
Overcoming this could help towards life, but experts doubt that we will actually find aliens along with it.
And since it takes a long time for light to travel, we can essentially look back in time from when stars and planets were formed after the Big Bang.
The telescope was successfully launched on Christmas Day 2021 after several major delays.
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