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(Medium)   Why should you care about the James Webb Space Telescope? Oh, just the little things, like the most distant, earliest stars and galaxies that ever existed in the entire Universe   ( medium.com) divider line
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2014-02-13 02:23:30 PM  
Wake me up when they perfect the Weber Space Grill so that we can slow-roast the universe's earliest lifeforms over hardwood.
 
2014-02-13 02:26:50 PM  
Hopefully this amazing piece of technology will be able to detect the oncoming Arachnid expeditionary force, giving us time to protect Buenos Aires.
 
2014-02-13 02:46:18 PM  
More lies from Satan to tempt me from the path of the Lord.  GET THEE BEHIND ME SCIENTIFIC SATAN!
 
2014-02-13 03:25:28 PM  
We should paint a huge eyeball on the dark side of the moon.
A glow in the dark one.
Just to screw with anyone else out there who thinks their telescopes are better.
Imagine the look on some alien astronomer's visage when he beholds the eye of the moon.

Or the Goatsies of Saturn's moons.
 
2014-02-13 04:14:46 PM  
So they're 6,000 years old!?  Wow.  Such age.  So creation.  Very wow.
 
2014-02-13 04:15:00 PM  
Problem is unlike the hibble it is not an optical telescope
 
2014-02-13 04:22:48 PM  

Ennuipoet: More lies from Satan to tempt me from the path of the Lord.  GET THEE BEHIND ME SCIENTIFIC SATAN!


nekom: So they're 6,000 years old!?  Wow.  Such age.  So creation.  Very wow.


I HATE RELIGION
 
2014-02-13 04:22:49 PM  
Who the hell is James Webb?

/dnrtfa
 
2014-02-13 04:30:13 PM  

bikerbob59: Who the hell is James Webb?

/dnrtfa


He hangs off of James Woods a lot, catching all the flies.
 
2014-02-13 04:36:47 PM  

upload.wikimedia.org

http://history.nasa.gov/Biographies/webb.html

 
2014-02-13 04:58:44 PM  
I would so much enjoy it if we looked again at the galaxies currently thought to be 'oldest and most distant' and found many far older and more distant behind them.

/and turtles behind them.
 
2014-02-13 05:17:02 PM  
This telescope is so good you can see the tape holding the stars up along the big black dome out there
 
2014-02-13 05:23:35 PM  
when God creates a universe, He don't mess around.
 
2014-02-13 05:30:10 PM  

Nonrepeating Rotating Binary: I would so much enjoy it if we looked again at the galaxies currently thought to be 'oldest and most distant' and found many far older and more distant behind them.


The oldest galaxies are easy to spot.  They're always in front of the younger galaxies with their blinkers on.
 
2014-02-13 05:32:19 PM  

The.anti-Larry: Nonrepeating Rotating Binary: I would so much enjoy it if we looked again at the galaxies currently thought to be 'oldest and most distant' and found many far older and more distant behind them.

The oldest galaxies are easy to spot.  They're always in front of the younger galaxies with their blinkers on.


Or crashing into Farmer's Quasars
 
2014-02-13 05:35:47 PM  

The.anti-Larry: Nonrepeating Rotating Binary: I would so much enjoy it if we looked again at the galaxies currently thought to be 'oldest and most distant' and found many far older and more distant behind them.

The oldest galaxies are easy to spot.  They're always in front of the younger galaxies with their blinkers on.


old galaxy yells at nebula.
 
2014-02-13 05:57:55 PM  

scottydoesntknow: bikerbob59: Who the hell is James Webb?

/dnrtfa

He hangs off of James Woods a lot, catching all the flies.


Wouldn't it be more effective to wash James' woods instead of adding webbing? Before you know it we'll be introducing gorillas.

/And they wouldn't die in the winter because no man is going to risk frostbite to his junk.
 
2014-02-13 06:12:39 PM  
upload.wikimedia.org
Did not know he had a telescope.
 
2014-02-13 06:22:11 PM  
Awesome pictures. I have recently gotten into astronomy, telescopes, and astrophotography. I hope to have pictures 1/100th as good as those someday
 
2014-02-13 06:42:22 PM  

Prey4reign: Hopefully this amazing piece of technology will be able to detect the oncoming Arachnid expeditionary force, giving us time to protect Buenos Aires.


I like how a lot of Science Fiction stories like to kill of Buenos Aires if they need to destroy a city. They realize it has a large population and would be devastating, but know that nobody cares about it in reality, and wouldn't really upset anyone.

/Starship Troopers, Star Control 2, etc.
 
2014-02-13 06:44:05 PM  
Ancient galaxies are neat and all, but I'd rather we be spending that effort scoping out exoplanets. Or getting close-up views of distant objects in our own star system. You know, places we might actually be able to visit someday.
 
2014-02-13 06:46:35 PM  
img.fark.net
 
2014-02-13 06:52:07 PM  
Damn it. Can't we just have a thread about how awesome this thing is without turning it into a religion bashing thread?
 
2014-02-13 06:57:33 PM  

Sudo_Make_Me_A_Sandwich: Damn it. Can't we just have a thread about how awesome this thing is without turning it into a religion bashing thread?


Nah, I kept to the facts in the fusion threads... and that guy is just way too entertaining.
 
2014-02-13 06:59:01 PM  

Cthulhu_is_my_homeboy: Ancient galaxies are neat and all, but I'd rather we be spending that effort scoping out exoplanets. Or getting close-up views of distant objects in our own star system. You know, places we might actually be able to visit someday.


The variability on the instruments should also let it take some insanely clear pictures/readings of planets within our little neighborhood.
 
2014-02-13 06:59:15 PM  

Cthulhu_is_my_homeboy: Ancient galaxies are neat and all, but I'd rather we be spending that effort scoping out exoplanets. Or getting close-up views of distant objects in our own star system. You know, places we might actually be able to visit someday.


FTFA:

And we already know some of the new things we'll be able to observe with it. Even more distant galaxies and supernovae than ever before. The formation of solar systems. Direct images of individual, Earth-sized planets around about half the stars on this list, including the ability to detect water, atmospheres and surface features. And - for the first time - the ability to directly measure the first stars formed in our Universe.

Feel better?
 
2014-02-13 07:13:25 PM  

kkinnison: Problem is unlike the hibble it is not an optical telescope


I wondered about that too, and was told we should still get some beautiful images from the JWST.

Pictures like this:
imgsrc.hubblesite.org
are made from composites of the UV and infrared spectrum, something the JWST is said to excel at.
 
2014-02-13 07:16:02 PM  

firefly212: [img.fark.net image 350x522]


I still don't understand how a guy who's probably the closest relative we have to a neanderthal would rail against science and evolution. I mean look at him! Give him a club and he's Encino Man.

Maybe he's pissed that evolution skipped his family.
 
2014-02-13 07:36:46 PM  
Lotsa stars up there in the sky.

bigstretchyawn
 
2014-02-13 07:41:12 PM  
The Square Kilometer Array says: "What's going on in this thread, yo?"
 
2014-02-13 08:10:12 PM  

firefly212: [img.fark.net image 350x522]


www.jacobking.com
 
2014-02-13 09:04:36 PM  

mongbiohazard: Cthulhu_is_my_homeboy: Ancient galaxies are neat and all, but I'd rather we be spending that effort scoping out exoplanets. Or getting close-up views of distant objects in our own star system. You know, places we might actually be able to visit someday.

FTFA:

And we already know some of the new things we'll be able to observe with it. Even more distant galaxies and supernovae than ever before. The formation of solar systems. Direct images of individual, Earth-sized planets around about half the stars on this list, including the ability to detect water, atmospheres and surface features. And - for the first time - the ability to directly measure the first stars formed in our Universe.

Feel better?


I didn't RTFA (most science reporting makes me feel dumber for having read it), but I was mostly replying to Subby's claim that deep sky stuff is the big reason to be excited about this telescope.
 
2014-02-13 09:19:05 PM  

brap: Wake me up when they perfect the Weber Space Grill so that we can slow-roast the universe's earliest lifeforms over hardwood.


Wake me up before you go go to cowboy fengs space bar and grill

/Really need sleep
//Got nothing
 
2014-02-13 09:51:47 PM  
I'm waiting for the George Webb space telescope.

img2.findthebest.com
 
2014-02-13 10:05:58 PM  
Ennuipoet [TotalFark]


More lies from Satan to tempt me from the path of the Lord. GET THEE BEHIND ME SCIENTIFIC SATAN!

Isn't that what the democrats claimed when they killed the Superconducting Super Colider while bill clinton was President and the democrats held majorities in both the House and Senate?
 
2014-02-13 10:18:25 PM  

Cthulhu_is_my_homeboy: mongbiohazard: Cthulhu_is_my_homeboy: Ancient galaxies are neat and all, but I'd rather we be spending that effort scoping out exoplanets. Or getting close-up views of distant objects in our own star system. You know, places we might actually be able to visit someday.

FTFA:

And we already know some of the new things we'll be able to observe with it. Even more distant galaxies and supernovae than ever before. The formation of solar systems. Direct images of individual, Earth-sized planets around about half the stars on this list, including the ability to detect water, atmospheres and surface features. And - for the first time - the ability to directly measure the first stars formed in our Universe.

Feel better?

I didn't RTFA (most science reporting makes me feel dumber for having read it), but I was mostly replying to Subby's claim that deep sky stuff is the big reason to be excited about this telescope.


Yeah, but now you know there's more than one reason to be excited about this telescope... Whenever it finally gets put up there.
 
2014-02-13 10:31:47 PM  

The.anti-Larry: Nonrepeating Rotating Binary: I would so much enjoy it if we looked again at the galaxies currently thought to be 'oldest and most distant' and found many far older and more distant behind them.

The oldest galaxies are easy to spot.  They're always in front of the younger galaxies with their blinkers on.


blog.hemmings.com
 
2014-02-14 12:18:47 AM  
Science is a religion

/not letrole
 
2014-02-14 01:05:21 AM  
*looks up Square Kilometer Array*

*jaw drops*
 
2014-02-14 02:58:47 AM  
pics of the big bang or it didn't happen
 
2014-02-14 05:34:26 AM  
We can't even go to the Moon regularly and I'm supposed to be impressed by intergalactic? Wake me up when they stop looking at photos and build a real goddamn space ship.
 
2014-02-14 07:31:03 AM  

Begoggle: Science is a religion

/not letrole


Trolling is a art.
 
2014-02-14 08:16:50 AM  

doglover: We can't even go to the Moon regularly and I'm supposed to be impressed by intergalactic? Wake me up when they stop looking at photos and build a real goddamn space ship.


img.fark.net

Excuse me, but what does God need with a damn space ship?
 
2014-02-14 08:53:57 AM  
I think I read somewhere that this will be orbiting at the L2 point, well out beyond the moon. Everything about this project is exciting to us space nerds. However, I remember the first deployment of Hubble, and it was at least somewhere we could get to it.  What is NASA's plan for servicing this scope?
 
2014-02-14 09:10:40 AM  

Lt. Cheese Weasel: doglover: We can't even go to the Moon regularly and I'm supposed to be impressed by intergalactic? Wake me up when they stop looking at photos and build a real goddamn space ship.

[img.fark.net image 282x179]

Excuse me, but what does God need with a damn space ship?


www.geekenfreude.com

Saves on spice.
 
2014-02-14 09:49:34 AM  

p4p3rm4t3: pics of the big bang or it didn't happen


Try xhamster.
 
2014-02-14 12:42:22 PM  

SirLothar: I think I read somewhere that this will be orbiting at the L2 point, well out beyond the moon. Everything about this project is exciting to us space nerds. However, I remember the first deployment of Hubble, and it was at least somewhere we could get to it.  What is NASA's plan for servicing this scope?


Since we have no manned spacecraft that can travel to L2 (not even Apollo could go that far), there is no backup plan--everything must work correctly on the first try.  If things go wrong like they did with Hubble, the mission will be a total failure.
 
2014-02-14 12:44:22 PM  

kkinnison: Problem is unlike the hibble it is not an optical telescope


That's a feature, not a bug.  If you looked at stuff as far away as this can see with a visible detector you would see...nothing.  It's all redshifted out of the visible spectrum.
 
2014-02-14 12:45:49 PM  

Cthulhu_is_my_homeboy: I'd rather we be spending that effort scoping out exoplanets


Didn't read the article, did we?
 
2014-02-14 03:15:24 PM  

p4p3rm4t3: pics of the big bang or it didn't happen


static.bbc.co.uk

You're welcome.
 
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