NASA Officially Unveils First Set of Breathtaking James Webb Images


NASA has finally published the long-awaited first set of photographs captured by its $10 billion James Webb Space Telescope, and they are breathtaking.

During a live broadcast today, the agency displayed the mind-boggling findings, including some of the deepest views of the universe ever captured.

NASA has finished the commissioning phase of the groundbreaking space telescope, formally commencing full scientific operations.

This page will be updated when more photographs become available.

DEEPEST VIEW OF THE UNIVERSE EVER 

We already have a peek of the Hubble Space Telescope's successor's initial photographs thanks to yesterday's announcement of the first-ever image, the highest-resolution infrared spectrum image ever captured. NASA administrator Bill Nelson remarked during the occasion that the breathtaking picture depicts "a little speck of the universe."

The picture is filled with galaxies. "Everywhere we look, there are galaxies everywhere," Jane Rigby, James Webb scientist, said during the broadcast.

The most distant galaxies reveal their appearance more than 13.1 billion years ago, less than a billion years after the Big Bang.

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This colossal planet is mostly made of gas and has almost half the mass of Jupiter. It is about 1,150 light-years from Earth and orbits its star every 3.4 days.

According to Nicole Colón, Webb's deputy project scientist for exoplanets, it is the first spectrum of an exoplanet captured by the telescope, revealing light wavelengths never previously seen.

"We can tell there's evidence of clouds and hazes, but the water features aren't as large as we predicted," Colón explained.

SOUTHERN RING NEBULA

This beautiful infrared picture depicts a dying star in exquisite detail.

To me it is definetly a banger!"

This planetary nebula is a cloud of expanding gas that envelops the dying remnants of a star. It is about 2,000 light-years distant from Earth and has a diameter of over half a light-year.

The nebula is visible thanks to the molecular nitrogen that illuminates the surrounding gas. The blue haze is caused by ionized gas heated by the remnant star core.

STEPHAN'S QUINTET

This remarkable collection of five galaxies is located 290 million light-years distant.

Each galaxy contains millions to hundreds of billions of stars. Due to their gravitational pull, they are engaged in a tight cosmic dance.

In addition, the galaxies are in the process of merging, providing crucial insights into the development of galaxies.

Even the center of the picture depicts black holes sucking up materials.

CARINA NEBULA

This star nursery is located around 7,600 light-years distant in Carina. It is one of the biggest and brightest objects in the sky.

It also contains stars with masses many times that of the Sun.

The stunning infrared picture reveals hundreds of never-before-seen new stars, as well as jets of gas being released as new stars are created. Each dot of light represents an individual star, some of which may have planets in orbit around them.

NEW DISCOVERIES EVERY WEEK

Undoubtedly, this will not be the last time we hear from the James Webb Space Telescope. These photographs are only the first set of scientific findings, and we will undoubtedly witness many more breathtaking sights in the future.

Webb's team promised that similar discoveries would be made each and every week.

Reference(s): NASA (WASP-96Southern Ring planetary NebulaStephan’s QuintetCarina Nebula)


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