Space & Astronomy
James Webb Space Telescope reveals its first images
By T.K. Randall
July 12, 2022 · 30 comments
President Joe Biden has unveiled the next-generation space telescope's first deep field images of a distant galaxy cluster.
The most powerful and complex telescope ever launched into space, the James Webb Space Telescope has finally revealed its first view of the cosmos and it is as impressive as we had hoped.
Unveiled by Biden at a special White House event yesterday, the image - known as Webb's First Deep Field - shows a sharp, detailed view of the distant galaxy cluster SMACS 0723.
The patch of sky covered by this view is tiny - equivalent to a grain of sand held at arm's length.
Captured using Webb's Near-Infrared Camera (NIRCam), the image shows hundreds of distant galaxies as they appeared 4.6 billion years ago and is a composite made up of multiple shots of different wavelengths that were captured over a period of 12.5 hours.
More images from the telescope are expected to be released in the near future.
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