NASA has broadcasted the first full-color image of deep space that’s captured by the James Webb Space Telescope, and it’s just as extraordinary as people were expecting. US President Joe Biden and NASA administrator Bill Nelson disclosed the first image during a special live-streamed event at the White House in Washington DC, exhibiting a scene from 13 billion light-years away.
“This first image from NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope is the deepest and sharpest infrared image of the distant universe to date. As Webb’s First Deep Field, this image of galaxy cluster SMACS 0723 is overflowing with detail,” NASA announced during its release.
NASA details that the deep field image was obtained by Webb’s Near-Infrared Camera (NIRCam) and exhibits the SMACS 0723 galaxy cluster as it occurred 4.6 billion years ago. “The combined mass of this galaxy cluster acts as a gravitational lens, magnifying much more distant galaxies behind it. Webb’s NIRCam has brought those distant galaxies into sharp focus – they have tiny, faint structures that have never been seen before, including star clusters and diffuse features,” it added.
More images are supposed to be released by NASA through a live broadcast and press conference at 8 pm IST on July 12th. The James Webb Space Telescope is going to be powerful enough to observe objects that are much older and farther away than anything so far detected by the Hubble Space Telescope or any other observatory on Earth.