By Wes O’Donnell Contributor, Edge
After months of calibrations, the space-loving citizens of the world held their breath for this moment; the first science images from the James Webb Space Telescope have been released by NASA.
The Carina Nebula, one of the brightest and largest nebulas in the sky, is 7,600 light-years away from Earth.
A composite image of the Cosmic Cliffs in the Carina Nebula, created with the Webb telescope’s NIRCam and MIRI instruments. (Image credit: NASA, ESA, CSA, and STScI)
Below are five galaxies destined to merge.
This mosaic, a composite of near and mid-infrared data showing Stephan’s Quintet, is Webb’s largest image to date, covering an area of the sky one-fifth of the moon’s diameter as seen from Earth. (Image credit: NASA, ESA, CSA, and STScI)
The James Webb Space Telescope or JWST is named after former NASA administrator James Webb, who led the agency during the Apollo moon missions in the 1960s.
The first publicly released science-quality image from NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, revealed on July 11, 2022, is the deepest infrared view of the universe to date. (Image credit: NASA, ESA, CSA, and STScI)
Below, the Southern Ring Nebula is a mere 2,000 light-years away and is an expanding cloud of gas surrounding a dying star.
This image of the Southern Ring nebula is from Webb’s NIRCam instrument, which saw this nebula in the near-infrared. (Image credit: NASA, ESA, CSA, and STScI)