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Watch as the James Webb telescope unfolds its 18 gold-plated hex mirrors

2 Apr 2020, 13:00 UTC
Watch as the James Webb telescope unfolds its 18 gold-plated hex mirrors Northrup Grumman

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) will be a revolution in astronomy. It sports a whopping 6.5-meter wide mirror, the largest that will ever have been flown into space, and will examine the Universe in infrared light, where asteroids, exoplanets, dust, black holes, and distant galaxies glow. It may reveal evidence of the first stars ever born, peer into atmospheres around planets orbiting other stars, and see the dying light of exploding stars farther than ever before.

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