Webb Space Telescope Takes Flight

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Shocking. Stunning. The whole world of astrophysics is afire.

I recall the final exam in first year physics in high school asked the student to solve for the critical mass of the universe that would determine whether it would eventually slow enough to collapse again into a "big crunch" or continue to expand forever. The question was whether the universe's constituent parts had "escape velocity" or if gravity would slow its expansion enough that eventually it would reverse direction and collapse due to its own gravity. Yes, this is simple first year physics kids can do.

In 1993, what we found is this scenario is completely in error. The universe is not slowing in its expansion, but rather; some force is pushing its parts apart ever faster in defiance of gravity. Physicists immediately called this "dark energy" (not "dark matter, that's something different) and set the problem aside, postulating some anti-gravity type force we're not familiar with. Still, we knew then what we thought was wrong. Turns out it is more wrong than we could have imagined.

Enter JWST. Looks like EVERYTHING we have thought about the universe is completely wrong. Great time to become an astrophysicist, as they're not all so damn cocky now.

View: https://youtu.be/vAxgaTvYA7Y
I think that it's awesome to have scientists actually doing science instead of hamming it up in public like they are the holders of secret knowledge untouchable by the mere mortal.. or was that religion.. maybe politicians?? Can't really tell them apart these days.

Having said that, this video was the science equivalent of the National Enquirer; I felt like puking after watching it and now know to never go near that channel again.
 

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Naff, that link is a vague sales pitch to get our taxes. I expected something big by now. The LIGO for instance was not a disappointment.
I can't prove anything one way or another so all I can do is quote a wiser man than I:

"Well 'y know thats just, like, your opinion man."
Mr. Lebowski, 1998.
 
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Having said that, this video was the science equivalent of the National Enquirer; I felt like puking after watching it and now know to never go near that channel again.
The owner of the channel actually says that of all his videos.
"Our channel is purely made for entertainment purposes, based on facts, rumors, and fiction."
(it's here )

It's not meant to be factual, it's meant to be click bait, because that's how you get paid on YouTube.
 
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I was not wise enough to check that beforehand; it is a regret.
I almost always do nowadays. You can gain back lost knowledge, and you can learn something new that changes your mind about something you thought you knew... but you can't get back neurons that failed and died because you watched something on YouTube. Those are gone forever.
 

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I almost always do nowadays. You can gain back lost knowledge, and you can learn something new that changes your mind about something you thought you knew... but you can't get back neurons that failed and died because you watched something on YouTube. Those are gone forever.
Which is why one needs to drink more and hang out on these forms so that they to no longer worry about the state of things but live simple happy lives.
 

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Which is why one needs to drink more and hang out on these forms so that they to no longer worry about the state of things but live simple happy lives.
Advice for life! I've been following this almost every day since 2016, and have never been better.
 

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Which is why one needs to drink more and hang out on these forms so that they to no longer worry about the state of things but live simple happy lives.
*Smashes two beers on his forehead.* *Then calculates the gravitational constant of the universe.* Now, what was the name of this telescope again?
 
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