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James Webb telescope as a secular answer to Genesis

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Some think so:

Launching in the coming days, JWST is on a mission to look deeper into the Universe – and therefore further back in time – than even the legendary Hubble Space Telescope, which it succeeds.

Jonathan Amos, “James Webb: A $10bn machine in search of the end of darkness” at BBC News (December 14, 2021)

From David Coppedge at CEH headlines (with a background: in this stuff):

Long delayed and way over budget, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) may finally make its debut Christmas Eve (see countdown page). Unlike the Hubble Space Telescope (HST), whose continuing career has reached legendary status, the JWST will take pictures primarily for astronomers. Its sensors are in the infrared spectrum, lending its imagery to hot spots that do not look realistic to human eyes, nor nearly as pretty. Astronomers, though, feel that the heat maps generated by its 6-meter-wide mirror (HST was 2 meters) will open up new vistas for theorists. Because the instruments must be kept cold, the telescope is expected to only last 5-10 years, compared to the 30 years of the HST so far.

As Yogi Berra allegedly quipped, it’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future. Citizens who remember the near disaster with Hubble when its first images came back out of focus should beware of hyped expectations until JWST actually gets launched and makes it through a deployment period (two weeks). First images will not arrive till the end of the commissioning period (about six months). Nevertheless, some reporters are salivating already about what this instrument will show. They are making predictions not just about the future but about the past: what this new instrument will reveal about the history of the universe, earth and life.

David Coppedge, “The James Webb Space Telescope Will Not Tell Us Where We Came From” at Creation– Evolution Headlines

With any luck, we’ll all be here to see what happens.

2 Replies to “James Webb telescope as a secular answer to Genesis

  1. 1
    polistra says:

    More dots to spot = more postdocs and tenure positions to spot the dots.

  2. 2
    Viola Lee says:

    The headline makes no sense??? And doesn’t seem to have anything to do with the article.

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