Webb Space Telescope has reached the L2 and is imaged from Earth

The James Webb Space Telescope has reached the L2 point 1.4 million km from us and scientists imaged it.

The image above comes from a single 300-second exposure, unfiltered, remotely collected with the “Elena” (PlaneWave 17″+Paramount ME+SBIG STL-6303E) robotic unit available at the Virtual Telescope Project.



Webb Space Telescope has reached the L2 and is imaged from Earth

The robotic telescope tracked the apparent motion of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), which is marked by an arrow in the center.

At the imaging time, JWST was at about 1.4 millions km from us and it just reached its final destination, the L2 (2nd) Lagrangian point of the Earth-Sun system. As seen from the Sun, that L2 point is directly behind the Earth.

Webb Space Telescope has reached the L2 and is imaged from Earth



“We also did this short animation, where the JWST apparent motion against the stars in well visible.”

Webb Space Telescope

source virtualtelescope