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(NASA)   JWST about to unlock the secret of the stars   (nasa.gov) divider line
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2022-05-27 8:11:30 AM  
My expectations of this telescope are sky-high. I don't know exactly what it will discover, but I anticipate regular and amazing discoveries.
 
2022-05-27 8:39:56 AM  

BigMax: My expectations of this telescope are sky-high. I don't know exactly what it will discover, but I anticipate regular and amazing discoveries.


Hi, you read my mind!
 
2022-05-27 8:57:14 AM  
This is awesome!!!!!!
 
2022-05-27 9:06:19 AM  
On the job:

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2022-05-27 9:08:53 AM  
Hope that doesn't piss off the lava people.
 
2022-05-27 9:24:15 AM  
This is going to be freaking awesome. I still can't get over Pioneer/Voyager (launched when I was a kid), seeing those images of Jupiter and later Saturn rolling in...

And I can't help but imagine an alien species launching their own telescope to look at this curious rocky planet that is showing anomalous warming signals...
 
2022-05-27 9:25:54 AM  

BigMax: My expectations of this telescope are sky-high. I don't know exactly what it will discover, but I anticipate regular and amazing discoveries.


I see what you did there
 
2022-05-27 9:27:21 AM  
Is it Method Acting?

I've heard quite a few people say that was responsible for their success.
 
2022-05-27 10:05:01 AM  
Yay!
 
2022-05-27 11:28:49 AM  

BigMax: My expectations of this telescope are sky-high. I don't know exactly what it will discover, but I anticipate regular and amazing discoveries.


I have vague memories of Hubble's discoveries (I was ten years old when the optics were repaired).  I can only imagine how much more amazing JWST's discoveries will be.
 
2022-05-27 12:55:25 PM  
I was kinda hoping they would start imaging the closest stars looking for planets and re-image them every couple of months to detect any planetary movement.
 
2022-05-27 12:56:36 PM  
I'm still kinda miffed they named it after a Government Administrator and not a scientist. While I'm sure James Webb was great counting beans and balancing a budget. I'm not sure he'd know which end to look through for a telescope.
"Look Jimmy, Look Jane!...that telescope is named after one of our great accountants. Now, there's a profession you can aspire to if the HR career doesn't pan out"
 
2022-05-27 1:15:06 PM  

optikeye: I'm still kinda miffed they named it after a Government Administrator and not a scientist. While I'm sure James Webb was great counting beans and balancing a budget. I'm not sure he'd know which end to look through for a telescope.
"Look Jimmy, Look Jane!...that telescope is named after one of our great accountants. Now, there's a profession you can aspire to if the HR career doesn't pan out"


I think he was more than a bean counter, his efforts unified NASA and kept money flowing for Apollo, even after Apollo 1.  He may not of known which end of a telescope to look through, but he knew who to hire that did and he knew to listen to those people.
That said, I agree with you, JWST should've been named after an astrophysicist.
 
2022-05-27 1:19:40 PM  
Just the one secret, subby? Seems like a lot of money to spend on just one secret of the stars.
 
2022-05-27 3:32:54 PM  

Nonrepeating Rotating Binary: I was kinda hoping they would start imaging the closest stars looking for planets and re-image them every couple of months to detect any planetary movement.


It's not really designed as a survey instrument, but it could do deep dives on particular exoplanets, e.g., to study the infrared spectra of their atmospheres.
 
2022-05-27 3:45:52 PM  
God I really want to take articles like this and travel back to the 80s and used it to  slap the faces of the authors of all the science articles I read as a kid saying this sort of thing could NEVER happen. Talk about having no imagination.  Not just in pop sci but my kids space magazines like odyssey. Then again the motto of the 80s space program was the neoliberal "better things aren't possible".
 
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