As the world receives its first glimpse of the complete capabilities of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, a collaboration with ESA (European Space Agency) and CSA, a new era in astronomy has begun (Canadian Space Agency). The telescope’s first full-color photos and spectroscopic data were made public during a live broadcast from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, on Tuesday, July 12, 2022, at 10:30 a.m. EDT (14:30 UTC).
The observatory’s first batch of full-color scientific photos and spectra are represented by the targets mentioned below. They also mark the official start of Webb’s general science activities. A global council made up of members from NASA, ESA, CSA, and the Space Telescope Science Institute chose them. With its mission to reveal the infrared universe about to start, Webb, the largest and most potent space telescope in the world, shows off its full potential in these first photographs.
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The fringe of the neighbouring, young star-forming area NGC 3324 in the Carina Nebula may be seen in this scene of “mountains” and “valleys,” which is dotted with sparkling stars. This image, which was taken by NASA’s brand-new James Webb Space Telescope in infrared light, for the first time makes visible previously hidden zones of star birth.
Webb’s allegedly three-dimensional image, known as the Cosmic Cliffs, depicts what appear to be rocky mountains on a moonlit night. The largest “peaks” in this image are actually the edge of the enormous, gaseous cavity of NGC 3324, which is around 7 light-years away. Intense ultraviolet radiation and stellar winds from extremely large, hot, young stars located in the heart of the bubble, above the region visible in this view, have carved the cavernous area from the nebula.