James Webb Space Telescope
We thought it would be really interesting to share images from NASA’s (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) incredible James Webb Space Telescope as they are simply amazing and, in some ways, hard for non astronomers like ourselves, to really comprehend. There is lots of information available on the NASA website and many other sites, should you wish to research further. The telescope is a partnership between NASA, the ESA (European Space Agency) and CSA (Canadian Space Agency). The first images to be released happened about a year ago in July 2022 and further images have been released over the last year which are the ones we have all seen published.
We understand the James Webb Space Telescope fundamentally detects infrared radiation, emitted by distant stars, planets and gas clouds and because of its incredible sensitivity can see light from billions of years ago in deepest space. The science is inspiring, the technology phenomenal and the images spectacular!
This video tours a portion of the Rho Ophiuchi cloud complex, the closest star-forming region to Earth. The image was taken to celebrate the first anniversary of the start of science operations for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope.
Credits: NASA, ESA, CSA, Greg Bacon (STScI)
The following images are courtesy of the NASA James Webb Space Telescope website: