The James Webb Space Telescope Brings Outer Space Even Closer to Home

Photo by Hasselblad X1D, courtesy of Flickr

Photo by Hasselblad X1D, courtesy of Flickr

Shrihan Srivastava, Journalism Class Reporter

The James Webb Space Telescope, developed by the engineers of the Northrop Grumman corporation, has finished developing after over 2 decades of development, along with testing. It is a massively expensive telescope, costing over $100,000,000,000 dollars, but also comes with the power of being 100x more powerful than the Hubble Telescope. 

Currently, our strongest telescope is the Hubble Telescope, which can view more than 100 Billion galaxies, and see more than 12 Billion Light Years, but soon enough, the limit will massively increase due to this new telescope. 

“The James Webb Space Telescope was specifically designed to see the first stars and galaxies that were formed in the universe,” said John M. Grunsfeld in the CBS news, manager of the science program for the Hubble Space Telescope, and eventually the James Webb Space Telescope. 

Along with this, it is able to see the creation of objects, such as planets, something that would be too opaque for other telescopes to see, along with many other opaque and dim objects in space that normal telescopes cannot see. 

“Anytime astronomers get a new telescope, it’s a kid in a candy store kind of thing,” said Eric Smith, the Program Scientist for the James Webb Space Telescope program, at

Overall, the James Webb telescope will be a massive asset to Astronomy, and will be able to lead to many new discoveries.