Preparing to see 13.5 billion year old stars for the first time

see 13.5 billion year old stars

The James Webb Space Telescope, which will be launched next week, is also carrying the hopes of many scientists on Earth. This telescope will take photographs of stars in the universe that have never been seen before, for the first time since the Big Bang.

On December 24, the James Webb Space Telescope will be launched into orbit from the South American space station Fringe Guyana. When the rocket reaches its final destination, 1.5 million kilometers above the ground, the bus-sized telescope attached on the rocket’s nose will open up to reveal a tennis court. The telescope will be five or six times the distance between the earth and the moon from the earth.


This telescope is so well-designed that it can capture the initial stars of the cosmos, which is 13.5 billion years old. This is the time when the light of the stars has made its way to us. “There were no stars, galaxies, or light when the universe was formed following the Big Bang,” said Siviki, a professor at St. Mary’s University. It was a rather gloomy environment.

“In the early galaxies, we expect stars to shine,” he continued. To find this first source of light, the James Webb Telescope was developed.

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