The Most Powerful Telescope Ever Made

This week we have another longform episode! David got a little obsessed with the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) a few months ago and spent hours and hours researching and talking to experts so that he can try to explain it here on the podcast for Marques and Andrew. This one is a little dense but if you're even remotely interested in the mysteries of our universe this one is for you. David explains why the JWST is such a big deal and what we hope to discover once it begins sending back pictures. Special thanks to: Paul Geithner Dr. Jonathan McDowell Dr. Peter Gao Tim Dodd Sources: How James Webb Orbits Nothing Webb vs Hubble (NASA) Fine Guidance Sensor (NASA) JWST FAQ (NASA) Where is Webb? (NASA) Webb Orbit (NASA) Webb Sunshield (NASA) Webb Mirrors (NASA) Twitters: Instagram: Shop the merch: Join the Discord: Music by 20syl: Waveform is part of the Vox Media Podcast Network. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


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