Tuesday, February 16, 2016

More New Astronomy Coming: Webb Space Telescope

Slated to launch in 2018, Webb is the Hubble's replacement.  It is primarily an infrared telescope, which allows viewing of extremely red-shifted objects.  In other words, stuff really really far away.  Here's the Wikipedia article on this device.  Back to the Hubble comparisons, here are the relative sizes of the mirrors:
Between the Webb and LIGO, the 2020's are going to be boom times in astronomy.

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