James Webb Space Telescope
The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is a large, infrared-optimized space telescope launched on 25 December 2021. It is a joint project between NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA), and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA). The primary scientific objectives of the JWST include studying the early universe, galaxy formation and evolution, and the formation of stars and planetary systems. The telescope is also used to study the atmospheres of exoplanets to search for signs of life. The JWST is positioned at the second Lagrange point (L2) of the Earth-Sun system, located about 1.5 million km (930,000 mi) away from Earth, and uses a 6.5-meter primary mirror to collect and focus infrared light from the most distant objects in the universe.
- James Webb Space Telescope is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom .
- Right now it is placed in the East direction at an altitude of 14° above the horizon.
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James Webb Space Telescope Position and Finder Charts
Below we provide James Webb Space Telescope finder charts showing where the object is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars. The first finder chart has a field of view of 50 degrees, while the second one has a field of view of 10 degrees. Click on each finder chart to access a full screen interactive Online Planetarium.
Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where James Webb Space Telescope is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.
Also check out Where is James Webb Space Telescope?, a page that provides all the information needed to find James Webb Space Telescope in the sky and additional links to sky charts.
James Webb Space Telescope Distance from Earth
The distance of James Webb Space Telescope from Earth is currently 1,679,375 kilometers, equivalent to 0.011226 Astronomical Units. Light takes 5.6018 seconds to travel from James Webb Space Telescope and arrive to us.
The following chart shows the distance of James Webb Space Telescope from Earth as a function of time. In the chart the distance data is measured in Astronomical Units and sampled with an interval of 1 day.
The value of the reported distance might be somewhat inaccurate around the times of closest approach for objects passing extremely close to Earth. The value of the distance of James Webb Space Telescope from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.
Closest Approach of James Webb Space Telescope to Earth
Between 26 December 2021 and 5 March 2025, the closest approach of James Webb Space Telescope to Earth happens on Sun Dec 26 2021 at a distance of 0.000894 Astronomical Units, or 133,698 kilometers:
NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.
Visualization of James Webb Space Telescope Orbit
This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of James Webb Space Telescope with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of James Webb Space Telescope and the planets along their orbits in this diagram accurately represents the current configuration of the objects in the Solar System. This is an experimental feature and it requires a WebGL enabled browser. Please provide us feedback!
James Webb Space Telescope 15 Days Ephemeris
The following table lists the ephemerides of James Webb Space Telescope computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate James Webb Space Telescope in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.
|2023 Dec 04||06h 03m 27s||+13° 44’ 53”||N.A.||Orion|
|2023 Dec 05||06h 04m 48s||+13° 25’ 18”||N.A.||Orion|
|2023 Dec 06||06h 06m 02s||+13° 06’ 08”||N.A.||Orion|
|2023 Dec 07||06h 07m 10s||+12° 47’ 30”||N.A.||Orion|
|2023 Dec 08||06h 08m 13s||+12° 29’ 24”||N.A.||Orion|
|2023 Dec 09||06h 09m 11s||+12° 11’ 53”||N.A.||Orion|
|2023 Dec 10||06h 10m 03s||+11° 54’ 59”||N.A.||Orion|
|2023 Dec 11||06h 10m 50s||+11° 38’ 47”||N.A.||Orion|
|2023 Dec 12||06h 11m 32s||+11° 23’ 17”||N.A.||Orion|
|2023 Dec 13||06h 12m 11s||+11° 08’ 35”||N.A.||Orion|
|2023 Dec 14||06h 12m 47s||+10° 54’ 39”||N.A.||Orion|
|2023 Dec 15||06h 13m 19s||+10° 41’ 35”||N.A.||Orion|
|2023 Dec 16||06h 13m 51s||+10° 29’ 21”||N.A.||Orion|
|2023 Dec 17||06h 14m 21s||+10° 17’ 57”||N.A.||Orion|