NASA shares incredibly crisp image of a nearby galaxy captured by new $10billion James Webb Space Telescope
Nasa's new $10 billion James Webb satellite telescope has captured incredible images of a nearby galaxy.
The official Instagram account of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration shared a high-resolution image of a nearby galaxy
alongside one from another telescope taken 20 years earlier.
The photos demonstrate how far technology has advanced in recent decades.
The James Webb Telescope is the most powerful telescope ever built, with construction beginning in 1996.
The James Webb Telescope, which cost $10 billion and took 25 years to build, was launched on Christmas Day last year.
The James Webb Telescope, which has 18 gold-plated mirror segments, can capture images with previously inconceivable resolution.
"Webb's photograph exposes tendrils of interstellar gas in remarkable detail," Nasa wrote with a photo of the Large Magellanic Cloud.
The image was compared to a photo of the same galactic region taken by the now-decommissioned Spitzer Space Telescope.
The quality of the James Webb image is a result of its enormous hexagonal mirror, according to Nasa's post.
"The primary mirror is the most crucial component of a telescope," the caption stated.
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