NASA has shown an infrared image of the universe that is both the most detailed and accurate yet obtained. A snapshot of the distant universe in full color has been captured for the very first time by the James Webb Space Telescope, which is operated by NASA.
These photographs illustrate Webb’s capacity to search for indications of life and determine whether or not distant planets are suitable for human habitation.
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
Because of the amazing sensitivity of this telescope, we have never been able to study stars and galaxies with such clarity before. This will help researchers answer some of the major unanswered questions regarding why and how stars are generated in the universe. This equipment will reveal anything from new stars in the process of formation to black holes gorging themselves on prey.
The infrared photos of the distant universe that were recorded by the James Webb Space Telescope are the cleanest and brightest ones that have been obtained to date. This image of galaxy cluster SMACS 0723, also known as Webb’s First Deep Field, is packed to the brim with data. Webb has found an incredible number of galaxies, including some of the faintest ones that have ever been detected in infrared light. This minuscule portion of the universe, which can be seen from Earth, is about comparable to the size of a dust mote when extended out at arm’s length.
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
This composite image was recorded by Webb’s Near-Infrared Camera over a period of 12.5 hours, making it possible to view further into the cosmos than ever before.
This snapshot, which was taken 4.6 billion years ago, shows the galaxy complex SMACS 0723 as it appeared at the time of the observation. The sheer mass of the cluster acts as a gravitational lens, making surrounding galaxies seem to be on a more intimate scale. These distant galaxies have been brought into sharper focus because to the NIRCam camera that is on the Webb spacecraft. This has made it possible to see hazy aspects of tiny, weak structures like star clusters that had not been seen before. As Webb looks for the earliest clusters in the universe, astronomers will ultimately learn more about the densities, ages, and beginnings of galaxies, in addition to the composition of the galaxies themselves.
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