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Targets pinpointed for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope

14 Nov 2017, 15:37 UTC
Targets pinpointed for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope
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NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope will have unrivalled capabilities for both imaging and spectroscopically analysing objects in infrared. Image credit: NASA/ ESA/ A. Field (STScl)
The James Webb Space Telescope’s (JWST) targets for initial observation have recently been chosen and include studying Jupiter, planets beyond our Solar System and distant galaxies. After the Space Telescope Science Institute’s call for early results, the JWST will now spend it’s first five months working on 13 science programs, following a six-month commissioning period. The initiative will also include searching for organic molecules around infant stars, studying supermassive black holes and searching the early universe.
“I’m thrilled to see the list of astronomers’ most fascinating targets for the Webb telescope, and extremely eager to see the results. We fully expect to be surprised by what we find,” says Dr. John C. Mather, Senior Project Scientist for the Webb telescope and Senior Astrophysicist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Centre, Greenbelt, Maryland.
The results from this observing period will be compiled in the Director’s Discretionary Early Release Science (DD-ERS). This will provide astronomers worldwide with immediate access to the tantalising JWST data in order to swiftly analyse the data and plan future observations.
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