Did the Webb Space Telescope show us the face of God?

21st July, 2022.      //   General Interest, Space Travel  // 

Where the Webb Telescope Is Pointing | theTrumpet.com

How infinitesimally small are we?  We are so small our brains lack the processing power to answer the question. So small that on Monday morning we attended to the mundane, the things our primitive minds could manage: Eggs for breakfast, food and water for the dog and then, at the very outer edges of our comprehension, $5.50 for a gallon of gas. Then came news of something we can never fully comprehend, an image so astonishing it provokes the biggest questions:

“Who are we?”

“Where are we?”

“Are we alone?”

“Is there a God?”

President Joe Biden unveiled in the South Auditorium of the White House  one of the first images taken by the James Webb Space Telescope, which at this moment is about a million miles above Earth, its lens aimed at the outer cosmos.

What a patch of sky that is!

It was a picture of “some of the oldest and most distant cosmic structures ever observed” reported paraphrasing the observations of University of Arizona astronomer Kevin Hainline.

To the untrained eye, Tuesday’s image was just “a patch of sky,” as they described it. One that can be seen from earth from the Southern Hemisphere. But what a patch of sky.

“It includes a massive cluster of galaxies about four billion light-years away that astronomers use as a kind of cosmic telescope. The cluster’s enormous gravitation field acts as a lens, warping and magnifying the light from galaxies behind it that would otherwise be too faint and faraway to see.”

Through the Webb telescope mankind is seeing extremely distant galaxies “that stretch back to the beginning of time,” Hainline told . “(It’s a) galaxy-finding machine.”

The machine-makers are researchers from the University of Arizona and Lockheed Martin, who developed the Near Infrared Camera instrument or NIRCam on the Webb telescope. It is designed to “peek through clouds of hydrogen and dust that would normally obscure celestial objects,” a UA primer on the topic explains.

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