New Scenes of the Universe

This first image from the James Webb Space Telescope is the deepest and sharpest infrared image of the distant universe to date, according to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

President Joe Biden revealed the image yesterday, with NASA providing the full set of Webb’s first full-color images and spectroscopic data during a televised broadcast beginning at 10:30 a.m. EDT today, July 12. Those images and more information on Webb is available on NASA’s website at https://go.nasa.gov/3z08Khx.

Known as Webb’s First Deep Field, this image of galaxy cluster SMACS 0723 is overflowing with detail, NASA reports.

It says that “thousands of galaxies – including the faintest objects ever observed in the infrared – have appeared in Webb’s view for the first time. This slice of the vast universe covers a patch of sky approximately the size of a grain of sand held at arm’s length by someone on the ground.”