The first look at how the James Webb Space Telescope will alter how people observe the universe has arrived.
President Joe Biden has disclosed one of Webb’s first images, and it’s “the deepest and sharpest infrared image of the distant universe to date,” according to NASA.
The image reveals SMACS 0723, where an enormous group of galaxy clusters works as a magnifying glass for the matter behind them. This is known as gravitational lensing, and it created Webb’s first deep field view of ancient and distant, faint galaxies.
The presentation occurred at the White House during a preview incident with NASA Administrator Bill Nelson.
“It is the deepest image of our universe that has ever been taken” in infrared, as per Nelson’s statement.
The image, obtained by Webb’s Near-Infrared Camera, comprises images clicked at different light wavelengths over 12.5 hours. The Hubble Space Telescope’s deepest fields required weeks to capture.
The space observatory, launched in December, will be eligible to look inside the atmospheres of exoplanets and detect some of the first galaxies established after the universe began by sighting them through infrared light, which is invisible to the human eye.