Lincoln’s Hyde Observatory eagerly awaits never-before-seen views of our universe

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – NASA is preparing to unveil the James Webb Space Telescope’s first full-color images and spectroscopic data on Tuesday.

In the worldwide televised event, the “Webb Mission” as NASA dubs it, aims to study every phase of our 13.5 billion-year cosmic history.

Andrea Faas of Lincoln’s Hyde Observatory Board says the multibillion-dollar telescope can spark questions in the minds of astronomers and enthusiasts alike.

“So being able to go further back into time, those wavelengths can give us an idea of heat, minerals, densities, you know,” Faas said. “Just what are these galaxies and stars made of? What do they look like? What’s the size, and temperature?”

Faas says the telescope will produce more powerful images than we’ve ever been able to see. “The James Webb Telescope is just a far more powerful telescope than we’ve ever had before,” she said. “Definitely designed to see way deep space, and with what it’s seeing is really all these different wavelengths.”

Webb’s unprecedented infrared light will depict the evolution of galaxies through time, ranging from the lifecycle of stars to other worlds outside our solar system.

Faas said curiosity drives us to keep researching the galaxies around us.

“I think there’s a lot of curiosity of how our planet got to be what it is,” she said. “And so where do we come from? You know, we want to understand where that is, and is there other life out there?”

The photos will be broadcasted live on NASA’s website and simultaneously linked to social media. You can learn more about the Webb Mission here.

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