See All Of The Webb Telescope’s Jaw-Dropping New Images Including A Giant Nebula And Its First ‘Deep Field’


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The entire James Webb Space Telescope has been finally removed First batch of images to be shown off—and they’re astounding.

You can see all of them as a complete set on the link above, or farther down this article, but first let’s talk about this image below, now known as the first of many “Webb Deep Field” images.

It’s one of the deepest images of our universe that has ever been taken. It shows a huge foreground galaxy cluster, SMACS0723, magnifying and distorting light behind it. This is how Webb will study distant galaxies and those that are intrinsically faint close to the big Bang 13.8 billion years back. The image covers a patch of sky approximately the size of a grain of sand held at arm’s length.

SMACS 0723 lies at 4.6 billion light-years away. It is surrounded by thousands of galaxies. Some of these are the faintest objects ever seen in the infrared.

This image was taken by Webb’s Near-Infrared Camera(NIRCam), took 12.5 hours. Deep field images such as these require weeks of Hubble Space Telescope work, with a much lower resolution and sensitivity.

“It’s the deepest infrared view of the cosmos to date, but what is really exciting is that I know that this is not a record that will stand for very long,” said Klaus Pontoppidan, Webb project scientist, Space Telescope Science Institute. “We know that scientists out in the world [using Webb] will very quickly beat our record and go even deeper.”

President Joe Biden revealed Monday’s first Webb full-color photo. “These images are going to remind the world that America can do big things, and remind the American people – especially our children – that there’s nothing beyond our capacity,” he said. Webb was an international partnership of NASA, ESA and CSA.

Webb’s First Deep Field was possible thanks to something called gravitational lensing. It’s when the gravitational pull from a closer, but aligned galaxy distorts and bends the light from a distant galaxy, causing it to appear misshapen and magnified. Basically it’s nature’s telescope being used by humanity’s most advanced telescope.

“Webb’s First Deep Field is not only the first full-color image from the James Webb Space Telescope, it’s the deepest and sharpest infrared image of the distant universe, so far,” said NASA Administrator Bill Nelson.

“Within minutes [of the image’s release]”I was overwhelmed with notifications from my coworkers about the notable improvement in depth compared Hubble,” stated Dr Nathan Adams, a researcher associate at the University of Manchester. “With just a simple picture, people are already finding galaxies which previously didn’t show up in the imaging we had of this patch of sky.”

Four other stunning show-off images were also released Tuesday

The Carina Nebula

One of the jewels of the southern hemisphere’s night sky, the Carina Nebula is 7,600 light-years away and 300 light-years across. It’s one of the largest nebulae in the night sky—and a mind-boggling 500 times larger than the Orion Nebula, which hangs close to the stars of Orion’s Belt.

The Carina Nebula, like its smaller sibling is a cloud filled with gas and dust pillars that are where stars are being created. Also known as the Great Nebula and NGC 3372, it’s in the Carina–Sagittarius spiral arm of our Milky Way galaxy. It’s home to many massive stars several times larger than the Sun.

It contains Eta Carinae. This binary star system has a large Sun with a super-bright. “Great Eruption” in 1843. It still fluctuates in brightness—Just like Betelgeuse under Orion.

Like that familiar red supergiant star, this hypergiant star could be the next star in the Milky Way to “go Supernova” and explode.

The WASP96b exoplanet spectra

Proof that Webb can indulge in spectroscopy—the splitting of light into its constituent wavelengths—comes from this data about an exoplanet called WASP-96b, a giant planet 1,150 light years from our solar system that was discovered in 2014. It’s composed mainly of gas. The new data tells astronomers what molecules make up an exoplanet’s atmosphere.

There’s no life on WASP-96b because it’s a gas-ball and it orbits its star every 3.4 days. It’s hot and has about half the mass of Jupiter – it’s a “hot Jupiter,” which are common in the Milky Way.

The Southern Ring Nebula

This beautiful object, also known by NGC 3132 (or NGC 3132), is a planet nebula. An expanding cloud of gas surrounding an dying star. About 2,000 light years distant in the constellation Vela, it’s also sometimes called the “Eight-Burst” nebula.

Stephan’s Quintet galaxy group

The constellation Pegasus is approximately 290 million miles away. This group of five galaxies includes four that make up the first compact group of galaxies ever discovered in 1787. Hickson Compact Group 92 is also known as NGC 7320. It lies seven times closer to Earth than the rest.

The other four are a mess, with their distorted shapes, spiral arms and clumps of stars tell-tale signs that they’ve had close encounters with each other.

These first color images are intended to show the world Webb is open to science.

To put together the images, it took 30 people working round-the-clock for a few weeks. “It’s a complex process that includes acquiring the data from the telescope, processing those data to a very high level of quality in a way that it hasn’t been done before and then assembling them into colorful images and other products,” said Pontoppidan. “We’re also very well aware that we’re the first users of the observatory and using it for what it’s built for and we recognize that we’re standing on the shoulders of all the scientists and engineers who’ve worked hard for the past six months to make this possible.”

“This is really only the beginning—we’re only scratching the surface,” said Pontoppidan. “We have in the first images just a few days worth of observations and we have many years of observation so we can only imagine what that will bring.”

The James Webb Space Telescope is now up and running—and this is what it’s going to do in its “Cycle 1” observer programs.

I wish you clear skies, and big eyes.


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