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Science

The plot points for my books are usually sparked by a single scientific discovery, discussion or new and novel theory. In this section, we will explore the latest, greatest, newest or oldest scientific ideas. Those developed from direct observation, experimentation or conceptual thought. I’ll add new things on an ongoing basis with new discoveries. Below are the most current stories, please see my Science Archive for past entries.

Digitized Sky Survey

The James Webb telescope is not only looking for old light but also helping with our exploration for new exoplanets. And with Webb’s array of camera and infrared-spectral capabilities we can identify atmospheric compositions.

Jupiter

The Webb telescope isn’t just looking away from our solar system but also exploring planets within our system. This processed-photo of Jupiter taken with the infrared cameras highlights the polar auroras, haze, winds aloft, and its rings. This provides insight into the planet’s inner workings. “We hadn’t really expected it to be this good, to be honest,” said planetary astronomer Imke de Pater, professor emerita of the University of California, Berkeley.

The First Test Image from James Webb telescope

These comparator images show the amazing high-resolution photos the James Webb telescope will provide scientists in the exploration of the oldest light in our universe. The ‘deep field’ image on the left was captured by the NASA’s Hubble space telescope over a period of ten consecutive days in 1995. The image on the right is the first ‘deep-field’ James Webb image of the same galaxy cluster-SMACS 0723. The Webb image took 12.5 hours to capture. Found within this cluster is the most distant galaxy, GLASS-z13. It appeared about 300 to 400 million years after the Big Bang, meaning light from this distant galaxy is at least 13.5 billion years old. The age of the universe is estimated at 13.8 billion years.