Pictures from the Past

Over the past twenty five years, the Hubble Telescope has been capturing exquisite pictures from the earliest years of the Universe. The New James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), working in the lower infra-red band will see through the dust clouds that even Hubble could not penetrate capturing pictures of young warm exoplanets and the spectroscopy of their atmospheres, identifying and characterizing the first galaxies at long red shifts and analyzing the warm dust and molecular gas in young stars 13 billion years ago. Meanwhile, in back gardens around the world, amateur astronomers with budgets rather smaller than Hubble and JWST, capture pictures that are also truly remarkable, bearing comparison with Hubble imaging and the work done in the early 1950’s at Mount Palomar and other great observatories.

Gordon showed us what we can see on a clear night in Cambridge and how the latest image processing technology enables us to de-twinkle a star-studded sky. The same technology is being applied to establish space to ground optical links that will take us even further back to the distant past.

Subscribe to the CW newsletter

This site uses cookies.

We use cookies to help us to improve our site and they enable us to deliver the best possible service and customer experience. By clicking accept or continuing to use this site you are agreeing to our cookies policy. Learn more

Start typing and press enter or the magnifying glass to search

Sign up to our newsletter
Stay in touch with CW

Choosing to join an existing organisation means that you'll need to be approved before your registration is complete. You'll be notified by email when your request has been accepted.

Your password must be at least 8 characters long and contain at least 1 uppercase character, 1 lowercase character and at least 1 number.

I would like to subscribe to

Select at least one option*