Three BIG updates for the James Webb Space Telescope

From Dr. Becky.

I thought Christmas break was supposed to be relaxing?! Stress levels are still high here but there was three pieces of very good news these past few days we should chat about! #unfoldtheuniverse

Track JWST here:
NASA’s JWST blog with more info here:
Catch the livestreams of mission control on @NASA’s YouTube channel

Find out more about JWST from the European Space Agency:

My other video on JWST chatting with Dr Sarah Kendrew:

00:00 – Launch
00:12 – Introduction
00:41 – 1) JWST will operate for longer than we hoped
03:19 – 2) MIRI has been switched on
04:10 – 3) Houston we have a telescope
07:36 – How to follow the JWST mission
08:33 – Bloopers

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👩🏽‍💻 I’m Dr Becky Smethurst, an astrophysicist at University of Oxford (Christ Church). I love making videos about science with an unnatural level of enthusiasm. I like to focus on *how* we know things, not just what we know. And especially, the things we still don’t know. If you’ve ever wondered about something in space and couldn’t find an answer online – you can ask me! My day job is to do research into how supermassive black holes can affect the galaxies that they live in. In particular, I look at whether the energy output from the disk of material orbiting around a growing supermassive black hole can stop a galaxy from forming stars.