July 6, 2022

First images from JWST expected to spotlight wonders of the universe

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — A new view of the stars, a deeper look into time and some of the most beautiful, staggering and breathtaking sights ever seen by human eyes: That’s what the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) promises to deliver when it releases its first handful of images on Tuesday (July 12). As he has been from the beginning, astronomer Danny Milisavljevic will be there to see them, to explain them and to anticipate dazzling new scientific discoveries.

An assistant professor of physics and astronomy in Purdue University’s College of Science, Milisavljevic (pronounced milli-sahv-la-vich) is helping bring details from the world’s newest and most powerful telescope: the JWST, the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope, which allowed humans to see farther into space and deeper into time. After launching in late December and reaching its orbit in January, the JWST has been calibrating its instruments and preparing for its role as humanity’s longest-sighted eyes.

An updated version of this story, including information about the first images, can be found on the Purdue University News Service website.

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