First image James Webb space telescope gives sharp new look at universe

Space Agency NASA has shown a first color image that created the new James Webb space telescope of the cosmos. Its about the โ€œdeepestโ€ look into the universe ever. Space agencies NASA (US), ESA (Europe) and CSA (Canada) will publish more images tomorrow.

The image shows part of space, even closer to the creation of the universe and the edges of the cosmos than has ever been observed. Never before did humanity look so deep into the universe.

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display are extremely distant galaxies, located 4.6 billion light-years from Earth. The galaxy cluster on the plate, SMACS 0723, has been depicted in detail on the long-lit image.

US President Biden saw the image first at a briefing in the White House. โ€œThese images are going to remind the world that America is capable of great things. And theyre going to remind the American people, especially our children, that theres nothing we cant do,โ€ he would have responded.

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The James Webb Space Telescope cost $10 billion (9.93 billion euros) to build. It is the largest and most powerful space telescope ever and was built as a successor to the famous Hubble.

On Christmas Day last year, the James Webb was launched from a platform in French Guiana, in South America. After about a month, the telescope reached a distance of 1.5 million kilometers from Earth. After that, a time-consuming process of precisely adjusting the instruments and expanding the mirrors began. All systems were also tested and parts on board were cooled, including by a sunshade the size of a tennis court.

The telescope consists of eighteen hexagonal mirrors. They are attached to each other, but can also move separately to fine-tune the image as sharply as possible. The mirrors are made of beryllium, which is resistant to cold, and a very thin layer of gold 100 nanometers thick. Thats a thousand times thinner than human hair. With the gold, the telescope is better able to perceive infrared light.

Scientists want to use the telescope to see as far as possible. The plan is to get a picture of the Big Bang, the origin of the universe, some 13.7 billion years ago. Scientists also want to zoom in on cosmic objects that move closer to Earth. Furthermore, the James Webb must look for planets on which life is possible.

This is what the launch of the James Webb looked like: