NASA’s James Webb Telescope will study Beta Pictoris. This place is located 63 light years away from Earth and it looks exactly like our solar system.
NASA’s James Webb Telescope (NASA)
The American space agency NASA is going to send the James Webb Telescope into space by the end of this year. But even before this, NASA has chosen a special place, through which this $ 10 billion telescope will be monitored. This place is located 63 light years away from Earth. This place is exactly like our solar system with a planetary system. The James Webb Telescope is believed to be the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope.
The US space agency said that the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) will study Beta Pictoris. It is a ‘young planetary system’ consisting of at least two planets. Apart from this, there are many small, rocky bodies and a disk filled with dust. The goal of the study is to better understand the dust and find out what is happening in the planetary system. Which is similar to our galaxy, because its debris disk includes comets, asteroids, rocks of various sizes, and lots of dust. All these shapes are orbiting the star.
Beta Pictoris will be compared to our solar system
Chris Stark of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center said that researchers are eager to find out what is in the planetary system. Stark said his team will use JWST’s coronagraph to block out the star’s light and get a better look at the debris disk. Stark said in a statement that we know that there are two large planets around Beta Pictoris and a belt of smaller objects ahead that are colliding. But how much it corresponds to our solar system, it will be ascertained.
The ‘time machine’ is the James Webb Telescope
The James Webb Telescope will be launched next year. Being primarily an infrared telescope, it will have a wider spectrum of view than Hubble and will be able to see even in the orbit of the Solar System rather than in Earth’s orbit. The James Webb Telescope has been touted as a ‘time machine’ that can help unravel the mysteries of our universe. The telescope will be used to observe the first galaxies that arose in the early universe 13.5 billion years ago. It will also observe the sources of stars, exoplanets and even the moons and planets of our solar system.
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