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WeatherTalk: The James Webb Telescope will scan toward the beginning of time

For the first time, we will see galaxies that formed shortly after the beginning of time

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FARGO — The James Webb Telescope, NASA's successor to the hugely successful Hubble Telescope, has reached it's permanent position, a gravitationally stable orbit roughly one million miles from Earth in a location where it will not be negatively impacted by sunlight (or moonlight) and so be able to scan deep space using its infrared light technology.

The plan is for this new telescope to penetrate deep space to see objects farther away than anything seen before. Einsteinian physics tells us that anything so distant will be moving away from us, stretching its light into longer wavelengths, which is why the James Webb Telescope will be using infrared light technology. For the first time, we will be able to see the first galaxies that formed shortly after what we know as the beginning of time. For the next few months, the instruments on the telescope will be calibrated and tested. The first images are likely to come our way this summer.

John Wheeler is Chief Meteorologist for WDAY, a position he has had since May of 1985. Wheeler grew up in the South, in Louisiana and Alabama, and cites his family's move to the Midwest as important to developing his fascination with weather and climate. Wheeler lived in Wisconsin and Iowa as a teenager. He attended Iowa State University and achieved a B.S. degree in Meteorology in 1984. Wheeler worked about a year at WOI-TV in central Iowa before moving to Fargo and WDAY..
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