How James Webb Space Telescope Revolutionized Astronomy

A year since the James Webb Space Telescope was first launched into space, with public images released in July of 2022, the world of astronomy is already revolutionized with the discoveries made since. This project of heart and soul cost a whopping $10 billion dollars, with a starting bid of $1 billion.

The past decade’s efforts with the James Webb Space Telescope produced fruitful results as new discoveries have been made in the last year alone. Humanity has a way to view the secrets of the cosmos with a high-lens camera, and its abilities have far exceeded our wildest imaginations.

Discoveries of James Webb Telescope:

From viewing the first galaxies created during the inception of the universe to discovering exoplanets and studying their atmosphere. We have truly come a long way. Following are some of the bigger discoveries made by JWST in the last year:

First Galaxies:

One of the earliest finds of the JWST was discovering galaxies dating back to almost 350 million years after the Big Bang. The luminous deep field images catapulted us back in time so we could view our solar system in a way we never could before. Giving astronomers something to look forward to identifying and analyzing.

Four Galaxies discovered back 350 million years after Big Bang
Life in the Universe:

It isn’t a leap to imagine JWST is finding planets that have similar properties to that of Earth. Which isn’t that further from searching for life in our vast universe. We can exceed the limitations of our solar system and go out into the universe to find habitable planets like Earth. These are the ideals we could previously only see in sci-fi or action films. If the Marvel Universe was pointing toward anything, it certainly will be discovered through the extensive technological capabilities of JWST.

Studying Other Planets:

But sci-fi ventures aside, the telescope is also studying the planets in our solar system, such as Jupiter and Neptune. By looking at the features of these planets, the JWST was able to provide clearer images of their rings. The auroras seen in their environment can also be seen clearly.

Exoplanets HIP 65426

Other than those planets, the biggest discoveries made were of Mars, as we got to take a closer look at its atmospheric compositions and match that up with our theoretical models for further posterity. Proving the brilliance of the James Webb Telescope.

Rings of Jupiter

Conclusion:

The JWST is also proving with each new discovery that the time and effort that went into creating such an instrument was well worth it. This isn’t just a one-show pony made for the sake of soothing prideful venture capitalists or for some government agenda. This is the real deal.

With the passage of time, we will be able to reach the furthest recesses of our solar system and gauge for ourselves what secrets lie ahead. Humanity has taken a leap with this invention and will continue in the years to come. The excitement spread throughout the globe with each new discovery going to show its legacy. Cementing in our minds what a revolutionary step this is for humanity.

As Neil Armstrong so eloquently put it almost fifty years ago, during the first Apollo mission:

‘One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.’

Those words rang true then, just as they do now.

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