The James Webb Space Telescope: Hubble it up! Part 1

Common Thoughts – Humans versus Researchers

In many articles I ask you if you look into the night sky and look at the stars while you wonder what the future will bring and where mankind actually comes from. Furthermore I often tell you that there are many researchers and very smart people who do the same.

Anyway, the question is, how do they do it?

All of these researchers use telescopes to look at stars, galaxies and our universe in order to answer questions about the way our world works, our origins and the appearance of the universe as a whole. We've all seen the movies, conspiracy theories about Area51 and all that fancy alien stuff, but is it all just science fiction?

Hubble it up! – Impressions of our Existence

Beyond the "fancy" ideas of the media, researchers are truly doing impressive, breathtaking as well as intellectually astonishing work to provide humanity with knowledge about the universe, the stars and the "world above". Just imagine NASA making Instagram fame. To show you what I mean, take a look at these pictures taken by the current Hubble Space Telescope. They are all real.

Pictures by Hubble

At this point I have to say that I don't really care if you are religious, or (hopefully not a) "Flat-Earth" believer, or belong to any kind of church or spiritualistic association. I don't want to attack you and the things you believe, or insult you in your personality, but I just have to say that this is the observed reality. Look at these fabulous pictures of galaxies, stars and the impressive entities in our universe, which we can observe from our tiny planet Earth.

Whenever I look at these pictures, I am overcome by a tingling feeling of departure, a compulsion to explore, which pushes its way up through my organs. Wouldn't it be fantastic to feel like "Columbus" and to set off for new shores and new worlds (just like One-Piece for space travelers...) ?

Whenever I look at these pictures, I get a glimpse of how small we all are and what drives people like Elon Musk or Jeff Bezos to pursue space programs.

To emphasize these overwhelming feelings towards our universe, while comparing myself to the totality of universal existence (maybe you feel the same way?), watch this video. It is a high resolution zoom provided by the current Hubble telescope.

Hubble Zoom Video

In the second part I will talk about the successor of the Hubble telescope.

Continue with Part 2..

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