NASA Reveals First Picture Taken By The James Webb Telescope


July 12, 2022

By: Matthew Burkhead

Science and Technology are always making great strides to help humanity move forward into a productive future. The James Webb Space Telescope is an example of the innovation of Technology and revealed how it would shape the way people see the universe.

President Biden released an image taken by Webb, and it’s "the deepest and sharpest infrared image of the distant universe to date," according to NASA.

The image shows SMACS 0723, where a massive group of galaxy clusters acts as a magnifying glass for the objects behind them. Gravitational lensing created Webb's first deep field view of ancient and distant, faint galaxies.

The presentation took place at the White House during a preview event hosted by NASA Administrator Bill Nelson.

"It is the deepest image of our universe that has ever been taken" in infrared, according to Nelson.

Some of these distant galaxies and star clusters have never been seen before. The galaxy cluster is shown as it appeared 4.6 billion years ago.

"This slice of the vast universe covers a patch of sky approximately the size of a grain of sand held at arm's length by someone on the ground," according to a NASA release.

Webb utilizes a Near-Infrared Camera with images taken at different wavelengths of light over 12.5 hours. The Hubble Space Telescope’s deepest fields took weeks to capture.

On Tuesday, July 12, the rest of the high-resolution images will debut.

The telescope, launched in December, will be able to peer inside the atmosphere of exoplanets and observe some of the first galaxies created after the universe began, utilizing infrared light that is invisible to humans.

Webb’s first image highlights the telescope’s capabilities and the ability of its massive golden mirror and science instruments to produce extraordinary imagery.

NASA’s website will stream live all of the events on Tuesday’s image release.

More updates to come…