JWST: A Series Of First Images

Today NASA released a set of amazing images taken by the James Webb Space Telescope, and I’ve saved them here for posterity.

The first is a cluster of galaxies, called SMACS 0723. The light from these galaxies have taken billions and billions of years to reach us, and this is a snapshot from the earliest days of the universe. The streaks you see are the result of gravitational lensing, where light is bent by gravity’s pull from a nearby galaxy.

Galaxy cluster SMACS 0723
Galaxy cluster SMACS 0723 (Credit: NASA, ESA, CSA, and STScI)

Next up is the Carina Nebula, where young stars are being formed.

Carina Nebula
NGC 3324 in the Carina Nebula (Credit: NASA, ESA, CSA, and STScI)

First discovered by French astronomer Édouard Jean-Marie Stephan in 1877 (and who it’s named after), Webb gives us the best look yet of Stephan’s Quintet, a cluster of galaxies.

Stephan’s Quintet
Five Galaxies: Stephan’s Quintet (Credit:NASA, ESA, CSA, and STScI )

Here we have two different shots of the Southern Ring Nebula. The image on the left was produced using Webb’s Near-Infrared Camera (NIRCam), while the image on the right is from Webb’s Mid-Infrared Instrument (MIRI).

Southern Ring Nebula
NGC 3132: Southern Ring Nebula (Credit: NASA, ESA, CSA, and STScI)

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