NASA releases James Webb telescope 'teaser' picture
Before the highly anticipated release of the first deep-space photographs from the James Webb Telescope
an instrument so potent it can look back into the beginnings of the universe—next week, NASA has offered a tempting teaser image.
The $10 billion observatory, which was put into orbit above the Sun in December of last year and is now one million miles (1.5 million kilometres) from Earth
it can see through dust and gas thanks to its huge primary mirror and infrared-focused equipment.
However, NASA released an engineering test image on Wednesday, the product of 72 exposures spread over 32 hours, which depicts a collection of far-off stars and galaxies.
The first completely formed images are scheduled for release on July 12.
According to NASA, the image is "among the deepest photographs of the universe ever taken," despite some "rough-around-the-edges"
characteristics, and it provides a "tantalising preview" of what will be revealed in the upcoming weeks, months, and years.
Neil Rowlands, programme scientist for Honeywell Aerospace's Webb's Fine Guidance Sensor, remarked that he was "thrilled" to clearly discern all the exquisite structure in these weak galaxies
The "faintest blobs in this image are exactly the types of dim galaxies that Webb will explore in its first year of research operations,"
according to Jane Rigby, Webb's operations scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.
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