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The James Webb Telescope launched today, to study primordial galaxies


And many other secrets of the universe:

NASA launched the James Webb Space Telescope on Saturday, after years of delays and budget hikes.

Webb is 100 times more powerful than the Hubble Space Telescope and expected to revolutionize astronomy.

The telescope must first unfold itself in space, travel 1 million miles, and calibrate its instruments.

Morgan McFall-Johnsen, “NASA launches its long-awaited $10 billion James Webb Space Telescope, kicking off a cosmic revolution” at MSN (December 25, 2021)

The collaborative project is looking for primordial galaxies, those that existed less than 400 million years after the Big Bang, and will also conduct many other projects.

They now have new technology for studying them:

It became obvious that another, even grander, space observatory will be needed to get to those early stars and galaxies — those that had lit up the universe after hundreds of millions of years of darkness that followed the Big Bang when the expanding space was only filled with hydrogen atoms…

This missing piece of technology was infrared detectors that would be able to collect the faint light coming from those early stars and galaxies more than 13 billion light-years away.

Tereza Pultarova, “James Webb Space Telescope: The scientific mysteries no other observatory could unravel” at Space.com (December 24, 2021)


It is bound to shed light on many current mysteries and controversies — and to create new ones instead.

Every hypothesis in science starts out as "nothing more than a guess." An educated guess, of course, but a guess, nonetheless. Then we collect data to test our hypothesis. Hence the Webb telescope, a newer and more powerful way to collect data. And knowledge inches its way forward, sometimes quicker than others. There are no mysteries, only uncontrolled variables..... chuckdarwin
Being that I am not a proponent of the Standard view of cosmology, my guess would be there they will find MANY mysteries that do not fit the standard model. Of course, they are almost certain to take whatever inconvenient data they find and try to make a way to force fit it into the standard model, but special pleading does not and will not make it true. Theory saving devices like hyper inflation at the beginning of the Big Bang might technically save the "theory", but again, it doesn't make it true. It's nothing more than a guess and is probably far more likely to be wrong than right. tjguy
To boldly peer where no one has peered before. Seversky

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