James Webb Space Telescope

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launched successfully this morning! crossing my fingers it deploys properly

global tetrahedron, Saturday, 25 December 2021 15:57 (three weeks ago) link

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chaos goblin line cook (sleeve), Saturday, 25 December 2021 16:01 (three weeks ago) link

this shit is just SO COOL god damn

global tetrahedron, Saturday, 25 December 2021 16:19 (three weeks ago) link

It can see bees on the mooooonnnn!!!!

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Saturday, 25 December 2021 16:30 (three weeks ago) link

I knew folks who were working on this back when I was an undergrad in the early 90s. A lot of JPL and CalTech folks live here in town and every house was watching as if it was the World Cup.

Elvis Telecom, Sunday, 26 December 2021 12:05 (three weeks ago) link

I have a stupid question maybe - how big are these Lagrange points? Or are several probes we've sent there kind of orbiting around that point? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_objects_at_Lagrange_points#L2

StanM, Sunday, 26 December 2021 12:33 (three weeks ago) link

apparently they are 500,000 miles wide

global tetrahedron, Sunday, 26 December 2021 15:22 (three weeks ago) link

500,000 James Webb fans can't be... oh never mind

Heatmiserlou (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 26 December 2021 15:55 (three weeks ago) link

The Lagrange points themselves are infinitely small.

The telescope will circle about the L2 point in a halo orbit, which will be inclined with respect to the ecliptic, have a radius of approximately 800,000 km (500,000 mi), and take about half a year to complete.[34]

Kim Kimberly, Sunday, 26 December 2021 15:59 (three weeks ago) link

okay right, that makes more sense

global tetrahedron, Sunday, 26 December 2021 16:01 (three weeks ago) link

ohhh, thank you for the explanation Kim.

StanM, Sunday, 26 December 2021 16:52 (three weeks ago) link

two weeks pass...

successfully deployed, pretty incredible

global tetrahedron, Wednesday, 12 January 2022 14:46 (one week ago) link

I only just learned that this telescope is *not* named after everyone’s favorite one term Senator from Virginia who has killed men with his bare hands.

A Pile of Ants (Boring, Maryland), Wednesday, 12 January 2022 14:49 (one week ago) link

I assumed it was named after America's favorite songwriter, Jimmy Webb.

nickn, Wednesday, 12 January 2022 17:27 (one week ago) link

Long may it live and prosper! Because micro-meteors are a real thing.

more difficult than I look (Aimless), Wednesday, 12 January 2022 18:20 (one week ago) link

Some people obviously haven't been reading a certain thread on ILB.

The Door into Summerisle (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 12 January 2022 18:23 (one week ago) link

I assumed it was named after America's favorite songwriter, Jimmy Webb.


I’m a lineman for the NASA

A Pile of Ants (Boring, Maryland), Wednesday, 12 January 2022 19:23 (one week ago) link


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