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March 21, 2011

Webb Telescope Sunshield Is Like an Umbrella on the Shores of the Universe

There is a new telescope that has new technology to block heat and light of the sun. It is said to be an "umbrella popping open on the shores of the cosmos that allows the instruments beneath it to see far into the universe". This telescope has five layers and sensitive infrared instruments that are under the sunshield. This new telescope will let astronomers and scientists to see further into the galaxy and it will allow them to gather more information on our solar system which is exciting. We know that telescopes are important instruments that have been used for many many many years, but now this is just a special telescope. Here is the link to the whole article. Hopefully we can see what new knowledge this telescope will bring us.

Posted by melmccor at March 21, 2011 07:19 PM


This sounds interesting, I wonder if this will now give us a further capacity to look into the past. Before this, we could look about 13.2 billion years ago and maybe now this will be extended more. Also, hopefully we can explore things that we couldn't before due to the limitations.

Posted by: scottymg at March 22, 2011 12:12 PM

This is interesting! I'm curious to know just how the blocking of heat and light from the sun affects the distance of which the telescope can see. Do you still have the link?

Posted by: ecfo at March 24, 2011 02:30 AM

Perhaps it can see farther because sunlight can't brighten up the surrounding area, thus allowing dim stars farther away to be noticed. It's sort of like how you can't see stars in the daytime because the sunlight is reflected throughout the Earth's atmosphere, blocking the stars.

Posted by: brdoss at March 24, 2011 03:04 PM

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