On Monday, the first-ever color image taken by NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope was revealed by Joe Biden, the president of the United States. The cost of the enormous observatory was over $10 billion. In order to reveal some of the first galaxies formed in the universe, the James Webb Telescope looks back around 13 billion years into the universe. Needless to say, that is truly incredible.
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The first set of full-color images and spectroscopic data from this is scheduled to be released on Tuesday, at 10:30 a.m. ET. These images will be released by NASA, the European Space Agency, and the Canadian Space Agency. However, prior to the official release, President Joe Biden was given the opportunity to share the first image with the world, following a preview at the White House.
NASA states that while this is the image of the most distant galaxies ever taken, it’s also the highest definition image of the galaxies. The cluster of galaxies captured is known as ‘SMACS O723’. In addition, this is the very first image taken by using Deep Field abilities.
This breathtaking image contains a number of striking components of space. One of them is the Carina Nebula, which is the biggest and brightest nebulae in the universe. The gas exoplanet named WASP-96 is another. These two are located 7,600 and 1,150 light-years away from earth, respectively.
If you try to observe this group of galaxies from Earth, it would be the size of a grain of sand. However, in the absolutely mesmerizing color image photographed by JWST, the galaxies can be observed with overflowing detail in infrared color.
As claimed by Bill Nelson, a NASA Administrator, light has been traveling for almost 13.5 years. Meanwhile, the age of the universe is 13.8 billion years. This means that we are so close to going back to the beginning. Isn’t that incredible? So, if you enjoyed this story, share your thoughts with us in the comments.
Image credits: James Webb Space Telescope/NASA