August 19, 2022

Kris Holt

NASA reveals details about the first full-color images from the James Webb Space Telescope

Only a few days left and its partners on The project reveals the first full-color images and spectral data captured by the observatory. The agency has shed more light on what to expect by revealing the initial list of JWST’s cosmic goals.

One of them is the Carina Nebula, which is about 7,600 light-years away. NASA says it is one of the largest and brightest nebulae in the sky and contains stars several times larger than the Sun. Another nebula that the telescope captured images of is the Southern Ring. It is about 2,000 light-years from Earth and is a planetary nebula – an expanding gas cloud surrounding a dying star.

Closer to home is the gas planet WASP-96 b, which is about 1,150 light-years away and has about half the mass of Jupiter. NASA will provide a look at the planet’s spectroscopic data. Much further from here is Stephan’s Quintet, which is about 290 million light-years away in the constellation Pegasus. This is the first compact galaxy cluster discovered since 1877, NASA said. It consists of five galaxies, four of which are “trapped in a cosmic dance of frequent close encounters.”

Also on Tuesday, NASA, And the It will reveal images of SMACS 0723. “Massive clusters of galaxies in the foreground amplify and distort the light of the objects behind, allowing deep field view of both very distant and intrinsically weak clusters of galaxies.”

A panel of experts from NASA, the European Space Agency, the Canadian Space Agency and the Space Telescope Science Institute spent five years identifying the first targets for Webb’s instruments. Full-color images and spectral data captured by JSWT will be revealed . You will be able to watch it .

This represents an important step for JWST as it marks the official start of the observatory’s public science operations. The goal is to provide us with more detailed images and information about the oldest stars and galaxies as well as potentially habitable exoplanets. JWST took several months to reach its destination and for full operation. We are very close to knowing what the observatory can do.

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