Astronomers understood very well that they needed to address the elephant in the room and build a telescope that could look a lot deeper into the Universe than Hubble had ever done it before. No disrespect intended for the over 30-years-old telescope operated by both NASA and the European Space Agency, but now it’s time for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) to shine.
NASA launched James Webb last year in December after a lot of delays, and it seems that it was definitely worth the wait! Today, July 12, the telescope will reveal its first full-color images of the Universe. The first one has already arrived, and it shows galaxies that were once way too far away for humanity to take a look at them. It’s the deepest and sharpest infrared view of our Cosmos, and it was also previewed by US President Joe Biden yesterday, July 11.
Thanks to NASA, we can now take another good look at those galaxies:
It's here–the deepest, sharpest infrared view of the universe to date: Webb's First Deep Field.
Previewed by @POTUS on July 11, it shows galaxies once invisible to us. The full set of @NASAWebb's first full-color images & data will be revealed July 12: https://t.co/63zxpNDi4I pic.twitter.com/zAr7YoFZ8C
— NASA (@NASA) July 11, 2022
NASA tells us what we can see in the image: the galaxy cluster known as SMACS 0723, and it’s also known as Webb’s First Deep Field.
A NASA TV broadcast is expected to unveil the full series of the first full-color images and data gathered by the James Webb Space Telescope. The broadcast will take place today, July 12.
The scientific community seems to have been twisting astronomers’ arms when it comes to building something new and revolutionary to bring new important answers about our Universe. James Webb is indeed expected to solve some important conundrums regarding star formation and evolution. Perhaps one day, it will even solve the ultimate mystery of revealing if we’re alone in the Universe or not. You know what they say that good things come to those who wait, so all we can do is be patient for a few hours more.