Miryang Arirang Space Observatory, James Webb Space Telescope Success

The Miryang Arirang Space Observatory photographed the James Webb Space Telescope around 10 pm on the 11th. (Photo courtesy of Miryang Arirang Space Observatory) © News 1

The Miryang Arirang Space Observatory announced on the 14th that it had successfully photographed the James Webb Space Telescope around 10 pm on the 11th.

The James Webb Space Telescope was launched from the French Guiana Space Center on December 25 last year as a replacement for the Hubble Space Telescope.

The telescope’s target orbit is 1.5 million kilometers from Earth and is expected to take about a month to reach. After arrival, it is expected that new discoveries related to exoplanets will be made along with the early universe and the birth of stars.

The James Webb Space Telescope has recently successfully expanded the main mirror (main mirror that collects light) with a diameter of 6.5 m following solar panels, a sun screen, and a secondary mirror (a secondary mirror that focuses light), enabling observation from Earth.

In response, the Miryang Arirang Space Observatory, the only one in Korea with themes specializing in exoplanets and extraterrestrial life, challenged to take pictures of the James Webb Space Telescope, which is a global concern.

The world’s first speech recognition telescope, ‘Byul-i’, was used for this observation. The observatory succeeded in capturing the image of the James Webb Space Telescope, which continues its great voyage toward its destination, navigating among stationary stars through a 70cm-diameter star.

Directors Changmin Choi and Jaehyun Park, who jointly participated in the observation, said, “The James Webb Space Telescope is far away, so it looks like a very small dot. “I filmed it to preserve the last appearance in a photograph,” he said.

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