La toute première image du James-Webb montre l'Univers vieux de seulement 100 millions d'années, il y a déjà 13,8 milliards d'années ! © Nasa

the first image shows the Universe only 100 million years old!

Proof of the US government’s unwavering interest in its space program, President Joe Biden unveiled and presented the first-ever public image of the James-Webb Space Telescope. And unsurprisingly, it is spectacular. It shows the childhood of the Universe as we have never seen it. From a scientific but also technical point of view. It opens a new window on the universe and will show it to us as we have never seen it.

the space telescope James Webb of the Nasa made the deepest, sharpest infrared image of the distant universe to date. Known as the “First Deep Webb Field,” this image of galaxy cluster Smacs 0723 is brimming with detail.

This image was presented on July 12, at 12:15 a.m. by United States President Joe Biden.

This deep field, taken by the near-infrared camera Nircam, is a composite made from images acquired at different wavelengths, totaling 12.5 hours of exposure. The image shows, as announced, the galaxy cluster Smacs 0723 as it appeared 4.6 billion years ago. The combined mass of this cluster of galaxies acts as a gravitational lens, magnifying galaxies much more distant behind it, revealing galaxies and star clusters much older, distant and above all never seen. Some of these distant objects are only 100 million years old!

Here is the very first image of the James-Webb: we discover the old Universe of only 100 million years, that is to say 13.8 billion years ago!  © NASA, ESA, CSA STScI

End of the James-Webb commissioning process

After several months of preparation, remember that James-Webb was launched on December 25, 2021, the observatory completed its commissioning activities only a few days ago. The 17 ways or “modes” of operation of scientific instruments have all been verified and are operational. This first image made public on July 12, 2022 and the others which will be made public in the coming hours, at the end of the afternoon, kick off the start of the scientific operations of the telescope which should work for at least 20 years!

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