2018 proves to be a very exciting year indeed. Not only does this mark my anticipated graduation year, but NASA and it’s international partners have announced that they will launch the world’s most powerful telescope this year as well. Apparently this telescope will have the ability to look so far back it will be able to see the first stars forming. According to the DailyMail article, “The agency hopes to do this with the James Webb Space Telescope, which will be 100 times more potent than Hubble, and will be able to see back to 200 million years after the Big Bang.”
Below is a simplified photo of how NASA plans for this to work.
This implications if this telescope works are obvious in the world of science. If we are able to see things, we will be able to study them, and this opens us up to large potential of scientific advancement. Not only will we be able to see the process of stars being born, but this advancement helps with the search of extraterrestrial life, not to forget all the things in the universe that we can’t even see yet. It will be interesting to follow the development of this telescope as well as its findings.
Connecting this back to the African Cosmos exhibit, this telescope relates to the observatories located in Johannesburg, South Africa. Although an image could not be found online, the African Cosmos features Marcus Neustetter’s Google Earth trace of the Vredefort Dome. Although not nearly as powerful as the James Webb Space Telescope, both have made significant impacts on astronomical observations. This is all in the nature of new equipment being developed to help further scientific research. Before we know it, we will have yet another telescope which can look even further back in time and answer the questions which this one was unable.
Dailymail.com, Ellie Zolfagharifard For. “World’s Most Powerful Telescope to Launch in 2018: ‘Time Machine’ Will Peer Back over 13.5 Billion Years to See First Stars Forming.” Mail Online. Associated Newspapers, 22 Apr. 2015. Web. 23 Apr. 2015.