NASA unveils first photo from new telescope

NASA has revealed the first photo captured with the new James Webb Space Telescope, sharing the clearest image of the universe to date

NASA unveils first photo from new telescope
12 Jul, 2022 03:14 HomeWorld News

NASA unveils first photo from new telescope

The image is the ‘deepest and sharpest’ shot of the universe to date, NASA said

NASA has revealed the first photo captured with the new James Webb Space Telescope, sharing a spectacular infrared image of distant galaxies and some of the faintest objects ever observed.

published the image on Monday alongside its European and Canadian counterparts, saying it shows “thousands of galaxies” in the far-away SMACS 0723 cluster as they appeared some 4.6 billion years ago.

“This first image from NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope is the deepest and sharpest infrared image of the distant universe to date,” NASA said, adding that the photo is “overflowing with detail” and includes the “faintest objects ever observed in the infrared.”

Underscoring the vast distances involved, the agency noted that the photo covers “a patch of sky approximately the size of a grain of sand held at arm’s length by someone on the ground.” 

“gravitational lens,” allowing it to see much more distant objects in the background.  

“the world’s largest and most powerful space telescope.” Unlike its predecessor, however, the new device maintains a solar orbit about 1 million miles from Earth, helping it to peer further into the cosmos.