Prior to the launch of the James Webb telescope, NASA has launched The JWST Augmented Reality App. The application is available for iOS users who can experience the world’s most advanced scientific instrument in just any space they like, from their iPhones and iPads. 

About the JWST Augmented Reality Application

In augmented reality, you can place a full sized, virtual model of the Webb telescope in your own backyard. Or, if you want to see the telescope in a size that fits a smaller, real-world space like your classroom or workspace, you can adjust the size and virtually place it on your desk or kitchen table. Scale it, turn it, check out the parts of the great machine labeled and annotated as it appears to float in front of you.

The app further delivers lots of rich media with facts about the mission. It also has audio and video presentations and photo galleries that users can access.

Download the JWST Smartphone app here.

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope 

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, named after a former NASA administrator James Webb, is a large infrared telescope with a 6.5 meter primary mirror. It will launch later this year from French Guiana on an Ariane 5 rocket.

The telescope will study every phase in the history of the Universe, ranging from luminous glows to the Big Bang, to find out more about the evolution of our Solar System. 

It’s best feature is a tennis court-sized five-layer sunshield that attenuates heat from the sun more than a million times. The telescope has 4 instruments comprising cameras and spectrometers which can even record extremely faint signals.

It also has programmable microshutters which enable observation of up to 100 objects at a time and has a cryocooler to cool mid-infrared detectors. 

The telescope is a collaboration between NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA).

Also read: Save the dates: NASA’s schedule of launches and landings is here

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