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Episode 4: Reflecting on Webb's Mirrors

14 May 2010, 04:00 UTC
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Webb's mirrors capture and direct light from the distant universe to create the telescope's images. Webb's primary mirror — with its vast expanse made up of 18 segments — gets most of the attention, but several more mirrors help control the flow of light through the telescope. Webb has a secondary, tertiary and fine-steering mirror, each appropriately shaped for the action it must undertake. The mirrors' ultimate goal is to get the light to the telescope's detectors in order to record and translate it into imagery.

Basic science concepts about how telescopes work from Amazing Space

Universe Today's post about Reflecting Telescopes

Wikipedia's entry about Reflecting Telescopes

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