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Released are Webb photos that provide previously unseen views of the cosmos.
Tuesday saw the release of a number of fresh photographs from NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, providing more views into previously unexplored reaches of the cosmos.
President Joe Biden unveiled the first of the stunning images on Monday, and four more have since been made public. The images document a variety of interstellar phenomena, from a dying star’s final hurrah to the expansive views of orange “cosmic cliffs” reaching into the bright blue of space as stars are born in the Carina Nebula.
Stephan’s Quintet is seen in the observatory’s largest image, which was obtained with the sophisticated Near-Infrared Camera and Mid-Infrared Instrument onboard Webb. The image, which is a combination of more than 1,000 different photographs, has more than 150 million pixels.
A transmission spectrum, which is part of another photograph, shows the atmospheric characteristics of the hot gas giant exoplanet WASP 96-B. According to NASA, the image provides “the most detailed infrared exoplanet transmission spectrum ever acquired,” indicating that the planet contains water vapor.
NASA Administrator Bill Nelson released a statement in which he said, “Today, we offer humanity with a breakthrough new picture of the cosmos from the James Webb Space Telescope – a view the world has never seen before.”
These pictures, which include the most in-depth infrared image of our universe ever, “show us how Webb will help to unearth the answers to questions we don’t even know to ask; questions that will help us better comprehend our universe and humanity’s place inside it,” he continued.
A collaborative venture between the European and Canadian space agencies, the US launched the $10 billion James Webb Space Telescope in December. The sophisticated 6.2-ton space observatory is anticipated to spend at least five years exploring the farthest regions of the cosmos and returning to Earth photos of the universe that have never been seen before.