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NASA's giant James Webb telescope spots its first star, takes a 'selfie'
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NASA's giant James Webb telescope spots its first star, takes a 'selfie'

The image capturing process began on February 2, with Webb pointing at different positions around the predicted location of the star

James Webb telescope reaches final destination, a million miles from Earth
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James Webb telescope reaches final destination, a million miles from Earth

Webb will begin its work by summer, which includes using its high resolution infrared instruments to peer back in time 13.5 billion years to the first generation of galaxies that formed after the Big Bang

James Webb telescope unfurls mirror 'golden eye', completes full deployment
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James Webb telescope unfurls mirror 'golden eye', completes full deployment

Flight controllers in Baltimore began opening the primary mirror of the telescope on 7 January, 2022, unfolding the left side like a drop-leaf table

World's most powerful space telescope sets off on million-mile voyage
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World's most powerful space telescope sets off on million-mile voyage

The James Webb Space Telescope is set to beam back new clues that will help scientists understand more about the origins of the universe and Earth-like planets beyond our solar system

James Webb Space Telescope: Why the world’s astronomers are very, very anxious right now
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James Webb Space Telescope: Why the world’s astronomers are very, very anxious right now

After $10 billion and years of delays, the telescope is finally scheduled to lift off from a European launch site in French Guiana on its way to a point 1 million miles on the other side of the moon

Astronomer on James Webb telescope team explains how and why we are sending a giant telescope to space?
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Astronomer on James Webb telescope team explains how and why we are sending a giant telescope to space?

The Webb team will continue to rehearse and practice until the launch date in December, but our work is far from done after Webb is folded and loaded into the rocket.

Final testing of the James Webb space telescope is complete, it is getting ready for its 31 October launch
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Final testing of the James Webb space telescope is complete, it is getting ready for its 31 October launch

The telescope will observe the universe from the vantage point of Lagrangian Point 2 (L2), located some 1.5 million kilometres away from Earth.

Understanding exoplanets: Unraveling the mysteries of planets that are hotter than stars
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Understanding exoplanets: Unraveling the mysteries of planets that are hotter than stars

Kelt-9 b might've formed away from its parent star and had a violent past with collisions happening as it migrated inwards.

James Webb telescope clears functional tests, inches closer to planned 31 Oct launch
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James Webb telescope clears functional tests, inches closer to planned 31 Oct launch

The telescope is a successor of NASA’s Hubble Telescope, and researchers are hoping it will complement and extend its discoveries.

Young star, orbiting exoplanets discovered in a 'river of stars' using TESS, Spitzer data
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Young star, orbiting exoplanets discovered in a 'river of stars' using TESS, Spitzer data

The system also has a pair of companion stars that orbit far beyond the planets.

'Recoiling' black hole in a nearby star cluster keeps slipping detection, baffling scientists
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'Recoiling' black hole in a nearby star cluster keeps slipping detection, baffling scientists

Recoiling black holes, like the one in question, are hypothetical objects that are yet to be definitively spotted.

Space exploration in 2021 to see missions to Mars, the Moon, views from beyond 'deep space'
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Space exploration in 2021 to see missions to Mars, the Moon, views from beyond 'deep space'

An eclipse in May overlaps with a period when the moon is close to Earth, in what is known by some as a 'super blood moon'.

NASA's new space telescope, James Webb, can be used to identify planets with oxygen
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NASA's new space telescope, James Webb, can be used to identify planets with oxygen

Scientists cannot go, visit other planets to find signs of life and can use this telescope to do so.

ESA's Cheops too look for habitable exoplanets: Where and when to watch the launch
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ESA's Cheops too look for habitable exoplanets: Where and when to watch the launch

Cheops, to be launched on Soyuz-Fregat rocket, is a new telescope whose name stands for CHaracterising ExOPlanet Satellite.

NASA to support Donald Trump's 'Space Force' if the two work separately
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NASA to support Donald Trump's 'Space Force' if the two work separately

The administrator also spoke enthusiastically about the much-delayed James Webb Telescope

Human, technical errors cause fresh delay in launch of James Webb Telescope
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Human, technical errors cause fresh delay in launch of James Webb Telescope

NASA fresh delays in the launch of a giant space telescope, which will now not be deployed before March 2021.

Astronomers are eager to study gas giant exoplanet Wasp-127b, which is thought to be filled with metals, and maybe even water: Report
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Astronomers are eager to study gas giant exoplanet Wasp-127b, which is thought to be filled with metals, and maybe even water: Report

According to a team of astronomers in the University of Cambridge and IAC, in Spain, the exoplanet, WASP-127b has shown possible signs of Water.

NASA to launch planet hunter TESS spacecraft probe on 16 April to seek signs of alien life
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NASA to launch planet hunter TESS spacecraft probe on 16 April to seek signs of alien life

It will be the most extensive survey of its kind from orbit, with Tess, a galactic scout, combing the neighborhood as never before.

NASA delays the launch of James Webb Space Telescope to May 2020
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NASA delays the launch of James Webb Space Telescope to May 2020

James Webb Space Telescope is an international project led by NASA with its partners, ESA (European Space Agency) and the Canadian Space Agency.

NASA planning to launch its next planet-hunting spacecraft on SpaceX's Falcon 9 on 16 April
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NASA planning to launch its next planet-hunting spacecraft on SpaceX's Falcon 9 on 16 April

Prior to the launch of the mission, Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), NASA said it would reveal more about the mission at a media event.