Who is watching the stars, every second of every day, so we can better understand the universe?
Inspired by the James Webb Space Telescope which will be launched and deployed in 2018. It will hopefully be as invaluable as Hubble was, opening our eyes to the cosmos.
This short story was awarded 2nd place in the Science Fiction category, in the Athens Fantasticon 2016 competition.
Where Did That Competition Happen?
The event was the 2016 Athens Fantasticon, which is basically a nerd convention. Comics, Books, Sci-fi and Fantasy, figurines, tabletop games, cosplay, Star Trek events, it all took place there.
If you happen to be interested for the next convention, get in touch with the organizers here https://en.fantasticon.gr/aboutus/
What are the Lagrange Points?
Lagrange points are equilibrium locations in every celestial body pair. They are helpful, because for example at L2 point we can hang a telescope that will be constantly in perpetual darkness, eclipsed by our Earth.
James Webb Space Telescope will be positioned there, a place of near perfect lack of light-pollution, so it can gaze into the universe.
Another funny fact is that the points that exist on the celestial bodies’ axis are not stable, force is required to keep a body balanced there. In contrast, the L4 and L5 points are stable and are considered prime real estate for space stations and stuff like that.
But on L2, Atlas needs to constantly readjust to remain in the shade.
What is the James Webb Space Telescope?
The story is inspired by the new telescope, which will be deployed in 2018. You can follow NASA’s official Facebook page here, for some amazing pics and updates.
We hope that the JWST, just like Hubble, will open our eyes to the cosmos. We really have no clue what wonders to expect, and hopefully it will be a leap forward just like its predecessor. This video explains some of the mission parameters.