Berkeley astronomers to put new space telescope through its paces
An artist’s depiction of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, which will peer into the very early years of the universe and the atmospheres of nearby exoplanets. (Image courtesy of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center)
NASA’s latest and snazziest satellite, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), launched on Christmas Day, deployed its 21-foot-wide mirror a mere two weeks ago and reached its orbital destination earlier this week. With a flashy new telescope now nearly a reality, astronomers at the University of California, Berkeley, are chomping at the bit to start observing.