Monday at the White House, President Joe Biden and NASA representatives released the photograph. NASA anticipates releasing a “complete set of Webb’s first full-color photographs and data, known as spectra” on Tuesday along with four additional pictures.
According to NASA, the James Webb Space Telescope created the sharpest and deepest infrared image of the distant universe to date.
What is depicted in the James Webb Space Telescope picture?
According to NASA, the image is titled “Deep Field: SMACS 0723” and depicts “thousands of galaxies, including the faintest objects ever detected in the infrared.”
According to NPR, what seem to be little specks in space are actually billions of year old galaxies.
According to the Washington Post, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson stated during the event at the White House that “we’re gazing back more than 13 billion years.” Since light moves at a speed of 186,000 miles per second, the light coming from one of those tiny specks has been travelling for more than 13 billion years.
Only a small piece of the universe is depicted in the image. According to NPR, Nelson stated that the portion of the universe that is visible to you is comparable to a grain of sand on the tip of your finger held at arms length.
It was described as “a hornet’s nest of bright but puzzling things in numerous colours” by science journalist Joel Achenbach for the Washington Post. There are a few stars in the foreground, but everything else is a galaxy, a huge collection of stars that has been compressed into a tiny spot of light due to the enormous distances involved.
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The James Webb Space Telescope: What Is It?
In December, the $10 billion telescope was put into operation. It is the Hubble Telescope’s more competent and modern replacement.
“Where is Webb?” is the name of NASA’s James Webb tracker tool, which provides information about the telescope’s “flight to L2 in the weeks immediately following launch, its cooldown to operating temperature, its major deployment/commissioning schedule phases, its current deployment/commissioning state and status of that state, as well as providing users with a 3D model of where Webb is located in a 3D solar system.”