Stockton professor among team analyzing Webb Telescope images

There is much excitement over newly released images by the James Webb Space Telescope showing a clearer image of the universe, and for a Stockton-area professor, it’s an especially magnetic feeling.”I think this is a win for humanity,” said Guillermo Barro , who was part of a team of scientists handpicked to study the results coming from the telescope. “It’s just amazing.”Barro is an astrophysics professor at the University of the Pacific, meaning he lives and breathes everything space.”One of these galaxies is not together with the other one,” Barro said while examining one photo. “Every one of these dots is a star. It’s just mind-blowing. The first picture is fantastic and when you actually open it you get to see what Webb is capable of. It just blows your mind.”After Webb’s latest feats in capturing the clearest images of deep space available, Barro said the work has been pretty frantic, trying to figure out just what the telescope is capable of doing.His main focus will be to put an age on galaxies that are billions of lightyears away.”This is definitely going to open the door to study the possibility of life on other planets around us,” Barro said.That love of space Barro embodies, he takes home with him. That’s because his wife, Elisa Toloba, is also an astrophysics professor at UOP.”As you can imagine there is a lot of astronomy talk in the house,” Barro said while laughing.The experts can’t wait to see what Webb will send back and what questions about the universe can soon be answered.”Now, we are hoping to find out things that we are not expecting,” Barro said.

There is much excitement over newly released images by the James Webb Space Telescope showing a clearer image of the universe, and for a Stockton-area professor, it’s an especially magnetic feeling.

“I think this is a win for humanity,” said Guillermo Barro, who was part of a team of scientists handpicked to study the results coming from the telescope. “It’s just amazing.”

Barro is an astrophysics professor at the University of the Pacific, meaning he lives and breathes everything space.

“One of these galaxies is not together with the other one,” Barro said while examining one photo. “Every one of these dots is a star. It’s just mind-blowing. The first picture is fantastic and when you actually open it you get to see what Webb is capable of. It just blows your mind.”

After Webb’s latest feats in capturing the clearest images of deep space available, Barro said the work has been pretty frantic, trying to figure out just what the telescope is capable of doing.

His main focus will be to put an age on galaxies that are billions of lightyears away.

“This is definitely going to open the door to study the possibility of life on other planets around us,” Barro said.

That love of space Barro embodies, he takes home with him. That’s because his wife, Elisa Toloba, is also an astrophysics professor at UOP.

“As you can imagine there is a lot of astronomy talk in the house,” Barro said while laughing.

The experts can’t wait to see what Webb will send back and what questions about the universe can soon be answered.

“Now, we are hoping to find out things that we are not expecting,” Barro said.

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