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.