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James Webb Space Telescope images show the ‘curtain is lifting to a new era of our cosmic narrative’
The beautiful images from the James Webb Space Telescope show that the “curtain is lifting for a new ear of our cosmic story,” according to NASA.
dr. Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of the space agency’s Science Mission Directorate, said in a blog post on Tuesday that he feels “grateful and humbled” to have played a part in this historic moment.
“There are very few moments in history when we humans look at nature in an entirely new way, and Webb has already started to let us do so with these new images.
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“There are very few moments in history when we humans look at nature in a whole new way, and Webb has already started to let us do that with these new images,” said NASA’s Thomas Zurbuchen. The galaxy cluster SMACS 0723, captured by the James Webb Space Telescope, is pictured above
“How wonderful it is that we are now alive and ready to gain new insight into the basis of our existence!”
Zurbuchen went on to write down different features of each image he values and what their meaning means to him.
For example, the deep field with only 6 hours of integration immediately found galaxies older than 3 billion years – the record for the ‘oldest galaxy’ is undoubtedly about to fall.
‘What I find even more exciting is that we also have compositional spectra of these galaxies.
“Modelmakers of star formation and star generations will have limitations that were previously inaccessible.
“But I always try to look at photos in two ways: as a scientist, but also as observing nature or art as a child,” writes Zurbuchen. Two cameras aboard Webb have captured the latest image of this planetary nebula, cataloged as NGC 3132, and informally known as the Southern Ring Nebula, located about 2,500 light-years away.
‘But I always try to look at photos in two ways: as a scientist, but also as observing nature or art as a child’, Zurbuchen writes.
The NASA administrator calls the Southern Ring Nebula, and the Carina Nebula is “stunning.”
“Yes, it’s about the story of star formation and the end of stars, but it’s just incredibly beautiful and stunning, even without the scientific explanation. Nature is beautiful, much more beautiful than we ever imagined.’
The ‘Cosmic Cliffs’ of the Carina Nebula can be seen above in an image divided horizontally by a wavy line between a cloudscape that forms a nebula along the lower portion and a relatively bright upper portion
Finally, I loved the exoplanet spectrum — a Jupiter-scale planet closer to its star than Mercury — and immediately water signatures appear with remarkably tight error bars.
“I can only imagine the graphs we’re going to look up across the spectrum and how we’re going to learn about the atmospheric composition of words that may or may not hold the promise of harboring life.”
Zurbuchen also mentioned the incredible reaction and intense worldwide interest in James Webb’s first images – as evidenced by intense media coverage and widespread interest on social media.
A group of five galaxies appearing close together in the sky—two in the center, one toward the top, one toward the top left, and one toward the bottom—are seen in a mosaic or composite of near- and mid-infrared data from NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope
There were more than 1.4 million social media mentions from the Webb Telescope in four days, and the topic was the top Google search in the US.
The first images of the JWST have graced the front pages of 83 domestic and 45 international newspapers – and nearly 10,000 traditional media stories have been written about the images, with coverage from more than 1,500 TV stations.
“As I write this post, I look at the gold and platinum rings on my hands and remember that these elements are probably made of neutron stars joined together,” he says.
‘Remains of stellar evolution – on my hand.
‘Stellar processes and explosions of various kinds have created the elements that we as humans are made of – we are made of stardust.
“We have just started writing this next chapter in our cosmic history books and I couldn’t be happier to see what story Webb is helping us tell.
“The fact that we can look into the universe and use what we learn to change the way we think about ourselves is one of the most profound things science can do.
“It gives me hope to witness the power of people as they achieve greater things in the face of adversity and create the impossible together.
“Thank you for joining this journey to unfold the universe.”
James Webb’s commissioning report states that the photos of Jupiter above show that JWST can “track moving targets even when there is scattered light from a bright Jupiter planet.” They also demonstrate the ability to capture details such as rings and moons around bright planets
The James Webb telescope: NASA’s $10 billion telescope is designed to detect light from the earliest stars and galaxies
The James Webb telescope has been described as a “time machine” that could help unravel the secrets of our universe.
The telescope will be used to look back at the first galaxies born in the early Universe more than 13.5 billion years ago, and to observe the sources of stars, exoplanets and even the moons and planets of our solar system.
The massive telescope, which has already cost more than $7 billion (£5 billion), is thought to be a successor to the orbiting Hubble space telescope
The James Webb telescope and most of its instruments have an operating temperature of about 40 Kelvin – about minus 387 Fahrenheit (minus 233 Celsius).
It is the world’s largest and most powerful orbital space telescope, capable of looking back 100-200 million years after the Big Bang.
The orbiting infrared observatory is designed to be about 100 times more powerful than its predecessor, the Hubble Space Telescope.
NASA likes to think of James Webb as a successor to Hubble rather than a replacement, as the two will be working together for a while.
The Hubble Telescope was launched on April 24, 1990 via the space shuttle Discovery from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
It orbits the Earth at a speed of about 27,300 km/h in low Earth orbit at an altitude of about 340 miles.