Space & Science megathread

Rosie

Youth Team
Roll on July 12th. REALLY looking forward to the first images from the JWST. I remember all the Hubble hoo-hah at its start, so I can understand all the time being taken checking, commissioning and re-checking, but hurry up already! 😜⭐🪐🌌
 

Morpeth_Edgar

A none cap wonder
Well I’ve been sat here watching the live feed of NASA nothingness for hours already and I’m still waiting for Mr Biden to wake up and show the first image from JWST.

I think NASA use ‘momentarily’ where we would use ‘imminent’.
 

HBB

Geoff Thomas
So this from NASA - apparently the deepest and sharpest infrared image of the distant universe to date. Known as Webb’s First Deep Field, this shows an image of galaxy cluster SMACS 0723. The Webb’s image covers a patch of sky approximately the size of a grain of sand held at arm’s length by someone on the ground – and reveals thousands of galaxies in a tiny sliver of universe
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Rosie

Youth Team
Wow. Even with the diffraction spikes that is fantastic. And some gravitational lensing too. How far back in time this image must be…the Hubble Deep Field extended.

I was seven years old when the Voyagers launched, which got me into astronomy, and I am so grateful that I will be able to witness some wonderful discoveries decades later. Can’t wait! 😃
 

Strummer

Orel Mangala Fan Club
Wow. Even with the diffraction spikes that is fantastic. And some gravitational lensing too. How far back in time this image must be…the Hubble Deep Field extended.

I was seven years old when the Voyagers launched, which got me into astronomy, and I am so grateful that I will be able to witness some wonderful discoveries decades later. Can’t wait! 😃
It is 13 Billion years old, that image.

Yes, that old. That’s how long it has taken that light to reach earth orbit.

And you look at that, and see the majestic sight of all those stars, and then you look back and see idiots squabbling over one tiny ball of dirt and it makes you shake your head.
 

Rosie

Youth Team
And you look at that, and see the majestic sight of all those stars, and then you look back and see idiots squabbling over one tiny ball of dirt and it makes you shake your head.
If I could, I would make every world leader study Carl Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot, in the hope that some tiny bit of it hits home.

I must have put my rose-tinted glasses on this morning by mistake. 🥺
 

weejockmcplop

Youth Team
I really like the look of that mahoooosive barred spiral that's a couple of inches towards the centre from the top left. It really is an insanely clean image.
 

Strummer

Orel Mangala Fan Club
The photo makes me think of this famous quote:

Ed Mitchell is a former NASA astronaut. He was the sixth man to set foot on the moon. As he stood on the lunar surface and gazed back at planet Earth, he was profoundly moved. Later, he wrote this about the experience:

“You develop an instant global consciousness, a people orientation, an intense dissatisfaction with the state of the world, and a compulsion to do something about it. From out there on the moon, international politics look so petty. You want to grab a politician by the scruff of the neck and drag him a quarter of a million miles out and say, ‘Look at that, you son of a bitch.’”
 

Fitzcarraldo

Ian Storey-Moore
So this from NASA - apparently the deepest and sharpest infrared image of the distant universe to date. Known as Webb’s First Deep Field, this shows an image of galaxy cluster SMACS 0723. The Webb’s image covers a patch of sky approximately the size of a grain of sand held at arm’s length by someone on the ground – and reveals thousands of galaxies in a tiny sliver of universe
main_image_deep_field_smacs0723-5mb.jpg
And all designed with us in mind.
 

I'm Red Till Dead

John Robertson
So this from NASA - apparently the deepest and sharpest infrared image of the distant universe to date. Known as Webb’s First Deep Field, this shows an image of galaxy cluster SMACS 0723. The Webb’s image covers a patch of sky approximately the size of a grain of sand held at arm’s length by someone on the ground – and reveals thousands of galaxies in a tiny sliver of universe
main_image_deep_field_smacs0723-5mb.jpg
It's beautiful isn't it!
 

Rosie

Youth Team
There were some older images shown in the run-up to the presentation, along with a recording of Carl Sagan. I think that he would do those images justice.
 

HBB

Geoff Thomas
“The Cosmos is all that is or was or ever will be. Our feeblest contemplations of the Cosmos stir us -- there is a tingling in the spine, a catch in the voice, a faint sensation, as if a distant memory, of falling from a height. We know we are approaching the greatest of mysteries.”

Carl Sagan
 

Strummer

Orel Mangala Fan Club
I would urge anyone who has not already done so, to read any of Carl Sagan‘s books.

He was an absolute visionary.
 
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