This is a repost from 2018, timely now because the Webb Telescope has launched (you can track it at the link shown):
For years, we’ve been answering the question: When will #NASAWebb launch? This morning, we answered that for the last time! Next up: Where is Webb? We’ve got an answer for that, too!
— NASA Webb Telescope (@NASAWebb) December 25, 2021
I didn’t realize just how amazing it is until reading this.
Check out this unusual video!
They posted “Fistful of Stars” as a regular video, though it’s designed for virtual reality. Check it out, if you can.
That’s actually just art–part of the Hubble Cantata.
Hubble itself is old, in space terms, and new scopes are on the planning horizon.
The next big one will be the Webb Telescope. NASA recently pushed back its launch date to correct sunshield and cable problems found during a March 2018 test. It’s now expected to go up in 2020.
And, as mentioned in that video, the next “space” telescope after Webb will stay on Earth, in Chile’s Atacama Desert! The Giant Magellan Telescope is due for completion in 2025.
Bumping into new discoveries–I like that!
As Georges Méliès knew back in 1898, astronomers’ dreams sometimes go awry.
Featured image: NASA Hubble