The James Webb Space Telescope offered a never-seen-before glimpse in the deep dark depths of the universe in high-resolution photos released by American space agency NASA this week. It filled the hearts of space enthusiasts with joy and the scientists who created it with hope that the world’s most powerful telescope will help them unravel new mysteries of the universe. The $10 billion telescope is able to capture faintest of light, which was reflected in the images released on Monday and Tuesday – of the stars formed 13 billion years ago.
Those images are now on display on the giant screens installed at New York’s Times Square. The images have been displayed along with the hashtag #UnfoldTheUniverse and show nebulas, a galactic cluster and possible water vapour on an exoplanet.
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Among these images are the “dying star’s final dance”, which American space agency NASA said shows a star sending out rings of gas and dust in all directions. This phenomenon takes place for thousands of years and has been captured by the James Webb Space Telescope for the first time showing the star cloaked in dust.
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The first image unveiled on Monday showed the galaxy cluster SMACS 0723. The second set of images released by American space agency NASA showed Carina Nebula, WASP-96 b (spectrum data), Southern Ring Nebula and Stephen’s Quintet.
Located 7,600 light-years away, the Carina Nebula is a stellar nursery, where stars are born. It is one of the largest and brightest nebulae in the sky and home to many stars much more massive than our sun, CNN reported.
The Southern Ring Nebula, also called the “Eight-Burst,” is 2,000 light-years away from Earth. This large planetary nebula includes an expanding cloud of gas around a dying star.
The James Webb Space Telescope is an international collaboration among NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA), and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA). It has been specially tuned to see the sky in the infrared – that’s light at longer wavelengths than can be sensed by our eyes.