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Personal Log : Thursday, July 14, 2022

8:00 am : James Webb Space Telescope

NASA's new James Webb Space Telescope is sending back some amazing images:

SMACS 0723 :

SMACS 0723

Carina Nebula :

Carina Nebula

Stephan's Quintet :

Stephans Quintet

Southern Ring Nebula :

Southern Ring Nebula

These high resolution long exposure photograph images look amazing, yes, but what I don't understand is how they can zoom in to see this far out into the known visible universe and yet still can not get a clearer image of the surface of a planet, of any planet.

If we want to find out if we have any neighbors living within walking or driving distance and to see who or what lives there, should we get on an international airplane and fly to the other side of the world and see who lives there instead? No, because that tells us nothing about who lives next door to us. But that is exactly what we are doing with these space telescopes. We are zooming past our actual neighbors and looking elsewhere, extremely far elsewhere. Our own galaxy (the Milkyway Galaxy) is full of neighboring stars and planets, so why not zoom the Hubble and/or the James Webb space telescopes in to look at and photograph them (a lot more so than we already have)? Even our own nearby neighboring galaxies (i.e. such as the Andromeda Galaxy) is relatively very close to our own galaxy, so why not zoom in to see the planets in them? Why not zoom in to see the surface details of any planet really? They say they simply can not zoom in on a planet, but then they zoom in to see the edge of the known visible universe tens of billions of light years away? Rubbish.

At least these images are actual photos and are not just some artists imaginary representation (or should I say, that we know of anyways?). I would very much rather see a blurry fuzzy photograph of the actual object than to look at some artists painting or drawing of what that artist imagines the object might possibly look like. Artists representations are such rubbish too, they may be pretty to look at but all they actually accomplish is just further support the conspiracy ideas and beliefs that everything is fake, causing us to doubt that anything is real anymore, including these new James Webb Space Telescope "photographs".

Final Thoughts

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