to update: This live broadcast was delayed by 24 hours due to clouds obscuring the telescope’s view. It is now scheduled to begin on Saturday (January 8) at 5:30 PM EST (2230 GMT).
Catch a live broadcast of the James Webb Space Telescope as it lifts off toward its celestial perch today (January 7).
Beginning at 4:30 p.m. EDT (2130 GMT), astrophysicist Gianluca Massi of the Virtual Telescope Project in Italy will broadcast live telescope views of the James Webb Space Telescope. You can watch the webcast live in the window above, courtesy of Project Virtual Telescope, or you can watch it on YouTube.
Webb is a $10 billion mission to study the history of the universe like never before. This collaboration between NASA, the European Space Agency and the Canadian Space Agency was the result of decades of planning and enduring years of delay. The spacecraft was finally launched from the European spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana on December 25, 2021, and is currently on its way to its destination.
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The space telescope will make celestial observations from a special gravitationally stable place in the solar system called Lagrange Point 2 (L2), located about 1 million miles (1.5 million km) from Earth. The expedition had successfully completed new phases in its observing preparations, revealing its mirrors and solar shield as it journeys to this remote location. As of this morning, Webb was more than 644,000 miles (one million kilometers) from our planet.
To watch the space telescope blast through space, enthusiasts can watch the live feed provided by the Virtual Telescope Project. Massey leads this online platform, provides views of ground-based tracking telescopes and provides commentary on space events.
Massi is making observations from the Italian city of Secano, located about 56 miles (90 km) south of Rome. Viewers can expect to see footage from the space telescope, which will look like a small white speck, flying over a sea of stars in the background.
Starting at the second level, Webb will be able to look into the cosmos in depth, which will help scientists learn about the first moments of the universe and provide a better understanding of the cosmic neighborhood of the Earth.
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