In December of last year the James Webb Telescope of NASA was inaugurated under the banner of the most powerful telescope hitherto created by mankind. It promised stunning, never-before-seen images, and it didn’t let us down.
It took seven months to send the first images back to Earth, but since then has not failed to impress the human eye with the most distant galaxies ever discovered. Its advanced image capture technology, resolution and sensitivity have captured images worth sharing.
Here is a compilation of the most impressive images of the year captured by the James Webb Telescope:
This was the first image produced by the telescope that arrived on July 12. What makes SMACS 0723 special is that it is the clearest and most complete infrared image of the universe ever captured by a telescope.
“This image covers a patch of sky about the size of a grain of sand held at arm’s length. It is only a small portion of the vast universe,” NASA administrator Bill Nelson explained in a statement. release.
This cliff-like view is actually part of a Carina Nebula, 7,600 light-years from Earth in the constellation Carina, where stars form. Also known as NGC 3324 is part of our Milky Way and this particular viewpoint is called Cosmic Cliffs.
This image corresponds to a cosmic creation story where thousands of young stars were captured in a contrail nursery called 30 Doradus. Nicknamed the tarantula nebula From the appearance of its dusty filaments in previous telescopic images, this nebula has been a favorite with astronomers studying star formation.
This image was captured in the constellation Pegasus and corresponds to a group of five galaxies, four of which were discovered for the first time.
The images reveal that two of the galaxies are currently merging and provide insight into how galactic interactions can result in star formation.
This image reveals the birth of a star. At the center of this sort of hourglass is a protostar, a celestial object hidden within a superabsorbing dark nebula that will eventually become a star.
The James Webb Telescope provided us with new records of Jupiter using three specialized infrared filters. This allows people to perceive auroras and beautiful light shows that are displayed in the image just as they occur in reality on Jupiter.
One of the most impressive images captured are the so-called Pillars of Creation, which are clouds of gas and dust that represent a kaleidoscope of colors in the infrared light of the telescope. The pillars are part of the much larger Eagle Nebula that lies about 6,500 light-years from Earth.
His name is M74 or Ghost Galaxy and the image was obtained in collaboration with data from the Hubble Telescope. It is located about 32 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Pisces and is “almost face-on” with Earth.
The Ghost Galaxy belongs to the class known as “grand-designed spirals,” meaning that its spiral arms are prominent and well-defined, unlike the jagged, jagged structures seen in some other spiral galaxies.
This time around, the James Webb Telescope captured much more clearly the frozen methane clouds surrounding Neptune, its dusty rings, and up to seven of the planet’s 14 cone-shaped moons.
This image shows the pattern that is created from the dust debris periodically spewed out by a star orbiting in the binary system. Its shape resembles a fingerprint.