The Peruvian scientist – known on social media as AstroCarla – explains to El Comercio the importance of launching James Webb Space Telescope And why you should keep investing in science.
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“Why is this important? Release?
To observe the farthest, oldest and smallest sources in the universe, we need increasingly powerful and extremely sensitive technology. The Earth’s atmosphere is an obstacle to observations of the universe because it requires great sensitivity, and the sending of telescopes into space is a major advance. But it’s not enough: We need large, well-made mirrors that help us catch as much light as possible.
“Is that why Hubble is so important?” “
Launched in 1990, Hubble has been and remains a turning point in astrophysics. but now James webb It will handle all the technological improvements: a larger main reflector with higher sensitivity, a wider field of view and the best resolution to date, capable of observing the smallest and most distant objects in the universe. If Hubble was able to spot the first galaxies in the formation, Webb will be able to observe the first galaxies at birth. We will be looking at the universe as often as possible.
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– What do you say to those who indicate that what is invested in these projects can be used for other things?
Part of our progress and future survival as a species is directly related to understanding the universe. Not knowing and trying to understand the universe we live in is like wanting to live inside a cave in total ignorance of what is going on outside. Not only would that be dangerous, but it is not in our nature as explorers. In addition, the generation of knowledge and the development of new techniques for the study of natural sciences lay the foundation for applied science, technology and innovation.