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JWST Releases First Image Months Earlier Than Expected

Published04/01/2022

It’s a momentous occasion for astronomers and humankind alike—the famous James Webb Space Telescope has sent its first image back to Earth, after the test image that was captured during the successful alignment last month. Arriving months earlier than expected, this image is the first record we have of what exists inside the atmosphere of a habitable-zone planet.

One of the JWST’s missions is to see what the universe looked like around a quarter of a billion years ago after the Big Bang, when the first stars and galaxies started to form. In this image, we’re looking back in time at a newly formed planet. The scientific community across the world is in awe at what this image reveals about life as we know it. 

JWST may reveal new things about the origins of the universe because it utilizes infrared wavelengths and it is only at these infrared wavelengths that we can see the first stars and galaxies forming after the Big Bang. Although JWST takes infrared images, this one was translated into a visible, colorized picture.

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