How Pictures From NASA’s Webb Space Telescope Were Selected

Even reaching this point had taken decades of planning, threatened cancellations, delays upon delays, a pandemic and a round of harrowing reverse origami that was needed to unfold the telescope in deep space without breaking it. In Baltimore, this group’s task was a mix of on-the-fly science, public communication and brand management: Blow everyone’s mind, … Read more

The Differences Between Webb Telescope vs. Hubble Telescope

The Webb telescope’s primary mirror is 6.5 meters in diameter, compared with Hubble’s, which is 2.4 meters, giving Webb about seven times as much light-gathering capability and thus the ability to see further into the past. Another crucial difference is that Webb is equipped with cameras and other instruments sensitive to infrared, or “heat,” radiation. … Read more

WASP-96b: A First Look From the James Webb Telescope

Setting stunning space pictures aside, the bulk of the James Webb Space Telescope’s most profound scientific work — the where-do-we-come-from, are-we-alone stuff — will probably involve little squiggles on graphs of a planet orbiting a distant star. Many astronomers want to sniff out which molecules swirl and waft through the atmosphere of planets around other … Read more

Images From the James Webb Space Telescope

NASA and its partner space agencies revealed a stunning series of images — from the Carina Nebula in our own Milky Way to a cluster of galaxies much farther away — taken by the James Webb Space Telescope, the largest and most powerful space observatory ever launched. The photograph below shows Stephan’s Quintet, five galaxies, … Read more