The James Webb Space Telescope, NASA’s pioneering $10 billion observatory launched in December, which aims to explore the farthest reaches of the universe unknown to mankind, has beamed its first images to Earth.
On Mondays at 5 p.m. ET, live from the White House, President Biden will unveil the first full-color photo. Dubbed “Webb’s First Deep Field,” it will be the highest-resolution infrared image of the universe to date, according to NASA.
On Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. ET, NASA will release the rest of the telescope’s first batch of images, which will shed light on the cosmic details behind a star’s life, from its origins as a heavy cloud of gas to its violent stellar death, as well as the secrets of distant exoplanets and clusters of distant galaxies — even providing insight into whether their atmospheres could be ripe for extraterrestrial life.
These images are the result of a project over two decades in the making. As NASA’s most powerful observatory — 100 times more than Hubble — the James Webb telescope is an engineering feat with the largest mirror ever sent into space, with a 6-meter wingspan of hexagonal gold-plated beryllium, which can cut through cosmic dust to detect infrared. capture light that travels across the universe from the deepest ranges imaginable. It is said to be able to detect light emitted from the very first stars and galaxies formed after the Big Bang, peering through a window into the earliest days of a baby universe. According to NASA, “Webb’s First Deep Field” will show galaxies as they existed up to 13 billion years ago.
To celebrate the work of the James Webb telescope, NASA has a packed schedule of events on Tuesday, streamed live from YouTube and that of NASA websiteapp and social channels (including facebook† Twitterand twitch† Starting at 9:45 a.m. ET, the agency and telescope team will make opening remarks, followed by the image release at 10:30 a.m. and a media conference at the Goddard Space Flight Center at 12:30 p.m.