The James Webb Space Telescope is perhaps mankind’s greatest achievement (so far). It is a magnificent space telescope originally designed and planned in the late 1990s but not completed and launched until late 2021.
Now the giant telescope is 930,000 miles out of Earth orbit, collecting data using its light-gathering technique, which is 25 square meters and consists of 18 hexagonal mirrors made of gold-plated beryllium.
It aims to give scientists the opportunity to study the history of the universe and explore distant worlds and stars that we have not been able to observe before. Now some of the first images have been revealed and the results are stunning.
Before the official images from the James Webb Telescope were released, Nasa released this image to give a taste of what’s to come.
The image shows part of the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way. Shown on the left is an image taken by NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope’s infrared camera. On the right you can see the same area taken by the James Webb telescope. The JWST promises an unprecedented level of detail that we have never seen before.