Was this really the picture of the year? For astronomy enthusiasts, the presentation of the first image from the James Webb Telescope, originally scheduled for Tuesday, may have been the biggest event since the moon landing in 1969.
Apparently, US President Joe Biden also noticed this, so he quickly threw all NASA’s plans into the sea and suddenly decided to reveal the first photo of the most expensive device ever in the White House on Monday.
After several delays, things finally got serious just after midnight European time. Biden spoke of a historic moment for all of humanity. The image (above) looks back over thirteen billion years. Nobody has seen it yet and this is just the beginning.
More pictures to follow on Tuesday
A group of galaxies called SMACS 0723 can be seen in a huge amount of detail. These are galaxies thousands of billions of light years away.
Anyway, on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. CST, NASA will show other images taken by the telescope, which cost ten billion dollars. It features the Carina Nebula, a graphic-like sphere 50 light-years across, home to the largest and hottest stars.
There will also be an image of Jupiter WASP-96b. The Southern Ring Nebula, which is 2,000 light-years away, was also targeted. In the previous photos, this looks like a window into another world.
Also included will be an image of Stefan’s Pentagram, 290 million light-years away, showing five galaxies, four of which are about to collide.
A lesser known and less explored target is the cluster of galaxies known as SMACS 0723, or what lies beyond. It uses gravity lens effect to zoom in on objects in the background.
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