here are all the first images of the James Webb Telescope

here are all the first images of the James Webb Telescope

Eyes full of stars. After a first photograph unveiled Monday evening by US President Joe Biden, NASA revealed on Tuesday July 12 all of the first five images of the James Webb telescope.

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The Deepest Image of the Universe

The first image, that of Monday, reveals galaxies formed 13 billion years ago. It shows the galaxy cluster SMACS 0723. This is the image “the most precise and the most distant ever obtained. It represents a portion of the sky equivalent to the size of a grain of sand held at arm’s length”, explained the national center for space studies on Twitter.

The Carina Nebula: star nursery

An image released on Tuesday shows a spot in the Carina Nebula, a star nursery, located about 7,600 light-years away. “It’s beautiful to hurt your eyes”comments Eric Lagadec, astrophysicist at the Observatory of the Côte d’Azur, and president of the French Society of Astronomy and Astrophysics. “What we are seeing here is the foam of the waves of the dress of the galaxy, which is dancing”, summed up astrophysicist David Elbaz.

A dying star

The James Webb captured the Southern Ring Nebula. It is a dying star, a double star, which is expelling gas and dust. The image on the left was taken by the James Webb’s NIRCam instrument. The one on the right by another instrument, called MIRI, which is also on the James Webb. “We are seeing the birth of complex molecules in the practically dead body of a star and which is the first step towards complexity, towards life”, commented astrophysicist David Elbaz to Cnes.

A grouping of galaxies: Stephan’s Quintet

Another image shows Stephan’s Quintet, a grouping of galaxies. Five are visible in total in this spectacular image, four of which interact, in a veritable gravitational dance. Two are merging.

Traces of water on an exoplanet

It’s not necessarily the most beautiful image, but it leaves you dreaming. Light analysis of exoplanet WASP-96b’s atmosphere shows traces of water. Please note that this does not mean that this planet is home to any form of life or is habitable. But scientists look for and carefully scrutinize exoplanets that show traces of water.

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