The big galaxy in the foreground is named LEDA 2046648, and is seen just over a billion years back in time, while most of the others lie even farther away, and hence are seen even further back in time. Image credit: ESA/Webb, NASA & CSA, A. Martel.
This image of the dusty debris disk surrounding the young star Fomalhaut is from Webb’s Mid-Infrared Instrument (MIRI). It reveals three nested belts extending out to 14 billion miles (23 billion kilometers) from the star. The inner belts – which had never been seen before – were revealed by Webb for the first time. Image credit: NASA, ESA, CSA, A. Gáspár (University of Arizona). Image processing: A. Pagan (STScI)
“The galaxy clusters we examined are so massive that they bend light rays passing through their centre, as predicted by Einstein in 1915. And this in turn produces a kind of magnifying glass effect: the images of background galaxies are magnified.” Adélaïde Claeyssens, Department of Astronomy, Stockholm University
“It is incredibly exciting to know that everything is going to be rewritten. That is one of the best parts of being a scientist.” Laura Flagg, Cornell University
The researchers studied the Sparkler galaxy located in Webb’s First Deep Field and used JWST to determine that five of the sparkling objects around it are globular clusters. Image credit: Canadian Space Agency with images from NASA, ESA, CSA, STScI; Mowla, Iyer et al. 2022.
For the first time, astronomers have used NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope to take a direct image of a planet outside our solar system.
Tomorrow, 12th July 2022, the first science-quality images from NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope will be released. NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope is a partnership with ESA (European Space Agency) and CSA (Canadian Space Agency).
Released one by one, these first images from the world’s largest and most powerful space telescope will demonstrate Webb at its full power as it begins its mission to unfold the infrared universe.
Before dawn will be the best time to see the Tau Herculid shower from Comet Schwassman-Wachman 3, on the night of May 31st – June 1st, although in Scotland, especially in the far north, the sky will probably be too bright to see many.
“Venus is brilliant in the morning sky through the month.”