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boardplant t1_j8tv7k3 wrote

Babe wake up new James Webb deep field just dropped


IamAFlaw t1_j8uimbw wrote

I just love these deep fields.

I wonder how many aliens are looking back at me in awe as well.


DausHMS t1_j8uk3hi wrote

Considering the distance, they are looking at a barren Earth and a young Solar System. They themselves would probably be long extinct by now.


IamAFlaw t1_j8ulvh7 wrote

I'm talking about them in the past. The light that is reaching us now... Back then someone was looking up this way thinking wow.

I think there's eyes always looking from somewhere, at some point in time. It's just so many solar systems out there....

It just sucks I'll never get to see or know so much. We're so tiny and our time is so short.


rotyag t1_j8uynr0 wrote

Your comment makes me wonder about something practical. If we did live eternally, how long would it be before we were dissatisfied with life in that we run out of interesting things. Could one live 500 years and remain interested in life on Earth? Totally off topic, but related to the scope of time.


IamAFlaw t1_j8v3qfa wrote

Things change so fast I don't think you'll get bored. Life and technology and science is nothing like when I was a kid. Not that long ago we didn't have electricity.

If we are mentally able to keep adapting and learning I don't think I would get bored. Even our imagination of the future is way off.

If we keep fucking around with wars and greed killing our planet it may not be so fun.


caseigl t1_j8wa3l2 wrote

I don't know about that. I'm pushing 50 years old and I'm tired. I'm very fortunate career wise and economically, but still the drum of unending responsibility marches on. There is already more to explore than I will ever possibly have time for. Things getting even faster sounds even more stressful.

We are trying to process endless news, 600 new TV shows and movies a year, and constant alerts on digital devices through a brain designed 250,000 years ago.

Even when things are generally enjoyable feeling like you are always behind and missing out is hard enough for 80 years let alone 500!


TrekForce t1_j8x4l4e wrote

But if you had 500, think of all the TV shows you could catch up on! Lol.

On a more serious note, working until your 70 just to enjoy the last 10 years before you start getting frail, is kinda shitty. If we lived for 500 years, I could work till 80, and have enough retirement $$ to last the next 420 (heh). That would be like retiring at age 16 with a life span of 100. Imagine being able to retire at 16 and just enjoy the rest of your life to the fullest.


AssignmentStrong2225 t1_j8zqem7 wrote

Dude whatever you are doing to make enough in the first 80 to retire for another 420, I want in!


TOkidd t1_j8uz2ns wrote

You should read Borges’ ‘The Immortal.’ An amazing short story that seeks to answer this very question.


scottengineerings t1_j8tx0ok wrote


The concentration of mass is so great that the fabric of spacetime is warped by gravity, creating an effect that makes the region of special interest to astronomers: a natural, super-magnifying glass called a “gravitational lens” that they can use to see very distant sources of light beyond the cluster that would otherwise be undetectable, even to Webb.


IntenseSun t1_j8tilne wrote

Wow!! This is amazing. We are so lucky to live in these times!


auglitumo0 t1_j8tj1up wrote

Our children children children would be luckier if they can get there. Hopefully.


FujiKilledTheDSLR t1_j8us5k1 wrote

Unless we find or somehow make a wormhole, very very unlikely.

When we launched the Voyager probes in 1977 the planets were aligned in a way that we could do a gravity assist with several planets (“the grand tour”), which only happens every 75 years. This is the best way we know to make something go really fast. The Voyagers are by far the fastest things humans have ever made (not including protons being shot around LHC). Since the launch in 1977, it’s travelled 0.002 light years. The closest star is 4.3 light years.

That means with the fastest possible launch, which we can only do every 75 years, it will still take about 98,900 years to reach the nearest star at only 4.3 light years away.

This isn’t even considering the ship with humans would have to have ways to produce food, support life, and deal with 3,200+ generations of humans. So yeah, it’s not even feasible to use normal space ships to reach even the nearest star, not to mention the things in this image that are hundreds, thousands, and millions of light years away.

Space is very big and very empty


scribe_ t1_j8v7naf wrote

There’s so many fucking galaxies out there man. Existential dread in a frame.


applegodzilla t1_j8wgxuu wrote

I love these photos but man do they freak me out a bit. The universe is enormous.


Antimutt t1_j8x40gq wrote

That area of sky was chosen because there are more images of galaxies than there are galaxies there. The lensing foreground cluster creates multiple images of the same galaxy. Edit: I see a third.


NuiNishimiya t1_j8vf4dx wrote

Simply stunning. It really makes me think about the potential for other life forms in these galaxies.


ddd4175 t1_j8w5cka wrote

There are probably intelligent life forms out there, we might already have seen planets that have them but they're just way too far and we're probably seeing millions/billions of years in the past.


powerman228 t1_j8vb30v wrote

What's the deal with the forked diffraction spikes on the bright star? I don't think I've seen that in any other images.


TheGreatestOutdoorz t1_j8vflok wrote

They are from two different diffraction effects. The shorter “rays” are from the secondary mirror in front of the main mirror, the longer ones are from the hexagonal shaped mirrors. Both produce what look like six point “stars”, but since four of the effects of each mirror are at the same angles, they overlap, making the eight point “star”


HandsOfCobalt t1_j8xv4ih wrote

I think they were talking about the top and upper-right spikes being forked, not about the spikes being present.


meowcat93 t1_j8x4ij9 wrote

I think it's because the image is a combination of images taken at slightly different angles, and the position of the diffraction spikes is dependent on the telescope roll angle.


e10hssanamai t1_j8w8h9e wrote

I wasn't expecting to be able to zoom in that much on the zoomable link. Its amazing.


Maf1c t1_j8y7a3s wrote

Is there a full resolution image somewhere? Or because I’m on mobile it’s compressed?


Daroph t1_j8vmbji wrote

The redshift is almost haunting
Like a benign reminder that we're in a metastable field that could tear asunder at any moment.


might-be-your-dad t1_j8xm849 wrote

I count only 19 stars. The rest are galaxies. Wild