The Age Of James Webb Begins

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Today NASA published the first images captured by James Webb Space Telescope and they are stunning. James Webb was launched less than a year ago, on December 25th, 2021. It is believed to be a successor to the Hubble Telescope. For a very long time, Hubble was our eye in the deep sky staring outwards into the deep space. It has done a great job of observing our universe, sharing insights into our existence, and pushing us forward in advancement of our knowledge and understanding of the universe. For many years Hubbles served as an inspiration for humanity and hope for a better future.

While we still will refer to the Hubble telescope with great respect and admiration for its contributions to science, it seems time has come for a successor, the James Webb space telescope. This new $10 billion dollar space telescope is equipped with better technologies and is NASA's largest and most powerful space science telescope. Time will come James Webb will be replaced as well, as it happens will all great technologies. But this time is in far future, and the age of James Webb is just beginning. It too, hopefully will inspire new generations, help us understand our world better, and help us become better human beings.

Skies have always fascinated me. Even what we can see with our limited visions when observing the starts at night, sufficient enough to ponder upon questions we normally ignore in daily lives. Skies don't lie. Skies don't judge. Skies inspire and guide. Just like start guided sailors in the oceans long before we had navigation equipments, space telescopes like James Webb will help us to navigate the deep space in our understanding of the universe.

As I look at these first images by James Webb, I witness the incredible achievements humanity has made in terms of technology and knowledge. At the same time I have conflicting feelings. While this is a significant milestone of we humans are capable of doing with the right mindset, determination, and efforts, this also show how insignificant we may be in the grand scheme of things. While such achievement hopefully will inspire more advancement in knowledge and lead us to become space explorers, I can only hope we don't neglect the true treasure that has always been near.

This thought reminds of a novel, The Alchemist by Brazilian author Paulo Coelho. It is a story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who has a dream about a treasure. Finding this treasure becomes the mission of his life. He travels across many countries, spends decent amount time in various places as he continues his journey to Egyptian pyramids. He thinks that's where the treasure he is looking for is. After many years, when he finally reaches his destination, it turns out the treasure he saw in his dream and dedicated his life to finding was actually buried under the church where he had the original dream.

Similarly, the treasure in knowledge and understanding we might be seeking in the deep space with the best technologies we have built, may just have been here all along. Our planet Earth. However, this doesn't mean we should stop dreaming and exploring the world around us. I only hope as we do so, we find inspiration, motivation, and courage to make Earth a better place for all. We may even find evidence in exploring the deep space, our Earth may just be the one of its kind. The kind that can provide for humanity effortlessly, without any need for technology, without any alterations. In fact, our planet is more than capable of taking care of itself and its inhabitants. One just wishes we stopped creating obstacles.

Some may even think or believe that fate of the Earth is doomed one way or the other. And the only way out to preserve the continuation of human species is taking on a space journey to find a new home and start new civilizations. If this notion is true, then I would say, perhaps finding new home is a bad idea. If we can't keep the home we have intact, what logical reason is there we won't repeat the same elsewhere. Such views are probably in a tiny minority. I am more optimistic about the future of the Earth and humanity.

We already are space explorers even without, Hubble, James Webb, space exploration ambitions. We have been since the very beginning. Our space craft, Earth, has been carrying us all around the universe. James Webb is a small window that lets us take a glance at what is out there, just like Hubble has been doing for decades. It is the age of James Webb. I hope it will inspire many generations in seeking knowledge, contributing to the collective human knowledge base, and making our world a better place.

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I was about to write something similar to what @eniolw wrote. JWST is not a product of NASA alone. It is a collaboration of many space agencies from all over the world. This is how it works today. Since tabletop days are far behind us, we need to work together to move forward! Moreover, we need to work together for a long time as building those apparatuses takes more than a few days...

This is true for space, but also for other domains (like particle physics ;) ). This is what I really like with science. It pushes frontiers further, and (try to) ignore (most) conflicts.

Cheers!

That is a great point. I didn't know the extent of international collaboration. It is great to know that we humans can still work together and when we do amazing things happen.

Indeed at least some humans can... ;)

Nice thoughts about this excellent news.

This new $10 billion dollar space telescope is equipped with better technologies and is NASA's largest and most powerful space science telescope.

NASA and ESA (European Space Agency) and CSA (Canadian Space Agency). They too did a lot of work to deserve credit. I know, NASA's fame tends to overshadow others :D

Some may even think or believe that fate of the Earth is doomed one way or the other. And the only way out to preserve the continuation of human species is taking on a space journey to find a new home and start new civilizations. If this notion is true, then I would say, perhaps finding new home is a bad idea. If we can't keep the home we have intact, what logical reason is there we won't repeat the same elsewhere. Such views are probably in a tiny minority. I am more optimistic about the future of the Earth and humanity.

Yes, I think we should do everything possible. However, I am inclined to think that it is more likely that we will become extinct before that happens.

Our space craft, Earth, has been carrying us all around the universe.

I've also used that metaphor, hehe.

You are absolutely right. All involved do deserve credits. Thanks mentioning them.

This has certainly got to to be the new window into the history of the universe.

Stars more than fascinate me! They carry a breath of infinity with their plethora of colors. We chase dreams only to wake us up to reality. I believe space explorations will bring some profound understanding of the universe we live in but ultimately, Earth is our home, it's where we belong.

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Legit hate the fact that the doctor the photos up to make them look better. I want raw footage

Is that true? I didn't know that.

Since 1900s, the exploration of vast universe has started and as time goes by, many astronomers, astrophysicists and scientist found an extravagant view of our cosmos. It truly proves that in eyes of cosmos we are just little dust joining a billions of celestial objects. It's amusing to see how human reached this far and how technology evolved into a new kind.

James Webb Telescope will discover new things in our universe, it will bring new information, maybe someday James Webb will find a new habitable planet which is a 90 or hundred percent the same on earth. However, what we are looking for is on what we stay, it's our home planet, we don't need to find another one cause we already found the best candidate for human life.

I wasn't aware of this. That's quite cool. $10 billion! Oo-wee that is a lot of money. I'm sure it will be a good investment though and we will learn a lot from what it sees.

I agree that we should not stop learning, exploring, protecting our current home and making it a better place.

Compared to so much money wasted on things like war, I agree this is money well spent.

While we still will refer to the Hubble telescope with great respect and admiration for its contributions to science, it seems time has come for a successor

Technologies keep improving and evolving and deeper studies based on recent research should take over from the past though not to denigrate the achievements of the past but to improve on it for the good of our time.

Time will come James Webb will be replaced as well, as it happens will all great technologies. But this time is in far future, and the age of James Webb is just beginning.

Yes , I agree with you here it's a new era , a new dispensation and a time for James Webb to take the center stage and become our eyes through which we the deeper skies. Rule your world James Webb.

This remind me of this verse in the bible located at Psalms 19:1-2

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth his handiwork.
Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night showeth knowledge.

Great read @geekgirl

The images are amazing and I wonder when space travel will be possible for the average citizen. We might be able to see these images in person in the future.

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I don't think it is too far away. They will be selling tickets on Amazon. lol

I feel strange beacuse we just see the past aspect of them. This is a big step for humanity. Probably we won't be able to see people travelling to exoplanets some day. I believe in science, humankind will succeed.

Pretty big universe out there…makes me think how rare and insignificant we all are compared to that.

They made this (an incredible telescope) with only public taxpayer along!. Showing how such a good thing for humanity could be done. Thus, the James Webb, will show (to everyone, including scientist also) how Cosmos actually looks like with better quality of resolution. Amazing post

Every science and cosmos lover must have been expecting these first images of James Webb with anticipation. I found this exact photo very breathtaking and utterly spectacular. And we are experiencing just the beginning of James Webb age. So many more things to experience!

You are right, it is just the beginning.

This image is beautiful! it makes me think, but how many alien races will exist in the world? In my opinion, a lot

We will probably never get the answer to this questions. Everything is so far away.

A really fascinating pictures coming out of the James Webb Space Telescope that are revealing the hidden truth about the universe and it will be a breakthrough for all the people related to space research.

Earth as a spacecraft, that's an interesting way of describing our planet.

!CTP

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💪😎 THANKS James and Hubble too!

Indeed the image is stunning. Thanks to James for capturing this with space telescope and thanks to you for sharing this with us 🙂
have a nice day 💐

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I’m fascinated by the possibilities of space exploration as well. I think that there is so much we can learn. In addition, the technology developed for space exploration may have additional use cases for us on earth 🌏
Although sometimes the more we learn the more we confirm how little we actually know.lol

it turns out the treasure he saw in his dream and dedicated his life to finding was actually buried under the church where he had the original dream.

But maybe the biggest treasure was the adventure he had exploring the world :) ...