The James Webb Space Telescope, which has been floating in space since 2021, delivers spectacularly good images of galaxies that shake up our view of the history of the universe. It was in planning for 30 years, became more and more expensive, threatened to fail - and then became a great success after all. In July 2022, the first images of the 6.5-meter mirror were released. "It's like pulling away a curtain," says astrophysicist Günther Hasinger, who played a key role in developing this novel telescope. He explains how the telescope expands our view of early cosmic time and helps us unlock the mysteries of the universe.
Prof. Dr. Günther Hasinger is head of science at the European Space Agency (ESA) and will be establishing the German Center for Astrophysics (DZA) in Görlitz as its founding director over the next few years. He researches the formation and evolution of distant galaxies and black holes.
As part of the International Science Festival - Geist Heidelberg
New view of the universe