As teased prior to launch, the Webb telescope continues to probe the furthest reaches of space. In fact, the latest images released by NASA show a number of galaxies that were born shortly – relatively speaking, of course – after the universe first formed. In the images released, Webb is looking at a pair of galaxies about 350 to 450 million light-years away, meaning it took light about 350 to 450 million years to reach the observatory.
The agency says the galaxies in question probably formed about 100 million years after the cosmic event that would have triggered the universe’s creation. “Unlike our Milky Way, these early galaxies are small and compact, with spherical or disc shapes rather than large spirals,” NASA writes of the cosmic clouds.
NASA adds: “Webb’s new findings suggest that the galaxies should begin to converge about 100 million years after the Big Bang – meaning the first stars began to form in such galaxies around that time, much earlier than expected. .”
The latest photos were taken as part of a study led by the University of California Tommaso Treu in Los Angeles. “Everything we see is new. Webb shows us that there is a very rich universe that goes beyond what we imagined,” Treu said in a press release. “Once again, the universe has surprised us. These early galaxies are very unusual in many ways.”
It’s just the latest image released by NASA officials using the new technology aboard the Webb Space Telescope.
“If you think about it, this is further than humanity has ever gone,” NASA Administrator Bill Nelson previously said of the JWST. “And we’re just beginning to understand what Webb can and will do. It’s going to examine solar system objects and atmospheres of exoplanets orbiting other stars, giving us clues as to whether their atmospheres might be similar to ours.”
“Our goals for Webb’s first images and data are both to demonstrate the telescope’s powerful instruments and to provide a preview of the future science mission,” added astronomer Klaus Pontoppidan, Webb project scientist at STScI. the images. “They are sure to deliver a much-anticipated ‘wow’ for astronomers and the public.”
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