We just spoke about the first full-color image that the James Webb Space Telescope revealed today, and it’s of the SMACS 0723 galaxy cluster. But since we knew very well that the telescope has a lot more in store for the world, the wait is finally over! The next-generation telescope built by NASA finally unveiled the whole set of the first full-color images of the Universe!
During a televised broadcast held today, July 12, from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, the historical images were revealed, according to NASA itself. In a nutshell, they’re all breathtaking!
Webb’s first full-color images are now the world’s to enjoy! We hope you found them as meaningful and beautiful as we did. Here’s to many years of Webb science — we can’t wait to see what’s next as we continue to #UnfoldtheUniverse! https://t.co/deO8TFCkiz
— NASA Webb Telescope (@NASAWebb) July 12, 2022
There are a total of five new images that prove the full power of the James Webb Space Telescope.
The image that appears first in the tweet is the Carina Nebula, showing a star-forming region known as NGC 3324. Areas of star birth that were previously impossible to see are now revealed.
Stephan’s Quintet is the second image shown if you go to NASA’s website, representing five galaxies. We’re talking about the largest image brought by Webb, as it covers about a fifth of the diameter of the Moon.
Southern Ring Nebula is next, which is also known for its more scientific name NGC 3132. Dying stars eliminating gas and dust represent nebulae like this one, and Webb aims to find out more about these objects.
WASP-96b also exists in the new catalog, meaning traces of water along with the presence of haze and clouds. These exist in an atmosphere of a gas giant planet.
SMACS 0723 is the image we’ve also written about a few hours earlier, and it showcases an impressive collection of stars and galaxies. It also represents the deepest and sharpest infrared image to date that shows the distant Universe.
Feel free to tell us if you like what the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) of NASA just brought to the world and if it could have done even better!