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New Webb Telescope Video Takes Viewers ‘Beyond The Visible Light’


There are a lot of things that are hidden from our sight, and NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope is going to open up another world in the way we look at the cosmos. The Webb telescope is going to do that by looking beyond visible light at infrared light, and that’s the focus of a new light-hearted, educational animated video.

Viewers will learn about the discovery of infrared radiation, and the electromagnetic spectrum, using simple examples to show objects that may be hidden from visible sight, but apparent in infrared light. Infrared vision enables us to see through gas and dust to warmer objects, like stars. Viewers will also learn what “redshifting” means and what questions can be answered using the amazing new detectors of infrared light being developed on NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope.

“We found that one of the main questions that gets asked about Webb is, ‘Will it be able to see the same things Hubble sees,’ or ‘Why doesn’t it see visible light?’,” said Tracy Vogel, scriptwriter at the Space Science Telescope Institute (STScI) in Baltimore, Md. “This video was an attempt to answer that question — which is a pretty complicated question — in a fast, uncomplicated way. You can explain that using calculations and charts, or you can explain it using rubber duckies and sneezing planets. We like rubber duckies, and we think other people prefer them as well, so that’s what we went with.”

Full Story and Video: http://www.nasa.gov/topics/technology/features/webb-beyond-vis.html

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