There are only a few days left before its project partners reveal the first color images and spectroscopic data captured by the observatory. The agency shed a little more light on what to expect by revealing the JWST’s initial list of cosmic targets.
One of them is the Carina Nebula, located about 7,600 light-years away. NASA says it is one of the largest and brightest nebulae in the sky and includes stars many times larger than the Sun. Another nebula that the telescope has captured images of is the South Ring. It’s about 2,000 light years from Earth and it’s a planetary nebula – it’s an expanding cloud of gas surrounding a dying star.
Closer to home is the gaseous planet WASP-96b, which lies nearly 1,150 light-years away and has about half the mass of Jupiter. NASA will provide insight into the planet’s light spectrum data. Much farther from here is Stephan’s Quintet, which lies about 290 million light-years away in the constellation Pegasus. This is the first group of compact galaxies discovered in 1877. It comprises five galaxies, four of which “are locked in a cosmic dance of repeated close encounters,” NASA said.
Also on Tuesday, NASA will release images for SMACS 0723. “Massive clusters of foreground galaxies amplify and distort light from objects behind them, allowing deep-field views of extremely distant and inherently faint galaxy populations.” , explained NASA.
A committee of experts from NASA, ESA, CSA and the Space Telescope Science Institute spent five years determining the first targets for Webb’s instruments. Color images and spectroscopic data captured by JSWT will be revealed. You can view them.
This marks an important milestone for the JWST as it marks the official start of the observatory’s general science operations. The goal is to provide us with more detailed images and information about the first stars and galaxies as well as potentially habitable exoplanets. , it took several months for the JWST to reach its destination and be fully operational. We are about to find out what the observatory is capable of.
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