By Philip Salvador
updated on 11 Jul 22 at 16:37
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This is a historic event for astronomy. Tuesday July 12, 2022, between 4.30 p.m. and 6 p.m., the Space City of Toulouse will be in direct contact with the Nasa to discover the first five color images new space telescope James Webb. “We should see nebulae there, where stars form, the spectrum of the atmosphere of an exoplanet (a planet outside the solar system, editor’s note) and extremely distant galaxies,” announces Simon Pujol, who will host the retransmission for the public of the Cité de l’Espace.
The most distant image of the universe
NASA even talks about the most distant snapshot ever taken of the universe. Perhaps this will be revealed by Joe Biden, the President of the United States in person, in a world exclusive, this Monday, July 11, at 11 p.m. Thus, visitors to the Cité de l’Espace could see it tomorrow morning, in the new space dedicated to space observation, on the first floor of the exhibition building. “We will follow in this place, at least until the end of 2023, all the news of this new telescope, which was launched last December. And we will also find there Breathtaking images, taken by the Hubble telescope,” says Florence Seroussi, press relations manager.
A super-powerful telescope
With mirrors three times larger than those of his predecessor, James Webb is now in orbit at 1.5 million kilometers of the earth, at a Lagrange point. “It’s a position in space where the viewing conditions are excellent. On the ground, it is constrained by kilometers of atmospheric gases and dependent on the weather,” adds Simon Pujol. The scientific community is therefore impatiently waiting to be able to recover the first data recorded by the machine.
“To look far into space is to look far into time. By discovering how stars form elsewhere in the universe, we will better understand the origin of our solar system.”
One of the four scientific instruments integrated into the James Webb Telescope has been completely designed in Toulouse. This is a device that allows you to observe a hundred celestial objects in a single shot, developed by Airbus Defense and Space.
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