UNITED STATES: James Webb space telescope, which is situated at NASA, will soon release a fascinating and detailed view of our universe by revealing its first full-colour images and spectroscopic data. See the sneak peek from Webb’s Fine Guidance Sensor to taste the breathtaking panoramas.
On Tuesday, July 12, at 10:30 a.m. EDT (7:30 a.m. PDT), NASA will begin a live broadcast where the list of cosmic objects that Webb targeted for these initial observations will be made public. Each image will be made public at the same time on social media and the agency’s website. ESA (European Space Agency) and CSA collaborate on Webb (Canadian Space Agency).
The observatory’s first batch of full-colour scientific photos and spectra, as well as the official start of Webb’s general science activities, are represented by the targets mentioned below. A global council made up of members from NASA, ESA, CSA, and the Space Telescope Science Institute chose them.
Carina Nebula: One of the biggest and brightest nebulae in the sky, the Carina Nebula is situated around 7,600 light-years away in the southern constellation Carina. Star-forming nebulae are stellar wombs. Numerous huge stars several times as massive as the Sun can be found in the Carina Nebula.
WASP-96 b (spectrum): Outside our solar system, a massive planet called WASP-96 b is mainly made of gas. Nearly 1,150 light-years from Earth, the exoplanet rounds its star every 3.4 days. Its discovery was announced in 2014 and had almost half Jupiter’s mass.
Southern Ring Nebula: The Southern Ring, also known as the “Eight-Burst” nebula, is a dying star’s encircling expanding planetary nebula. Its distance from Earth is about 2,000 light-years, and its diameter is almost half a light-year.
Stephan’s Quintet: Stephan’s Quintet is located in the constellation Pegasus, 290 million light-years distant. It is noteworthy because it was the first compact galaxy group found in 1877. Four of the five galaxies are engaged in a cosmic dance of recurrent close encounters within the quintet.
SMACS 0723: A deep field looks into the extremely distant and intrinsically dim galaxy populations made possible by the massive foreground galaxy clusters that magnify and distort the light of objects behind them.
The official start of Webb’s research activities is marked by the publication of these initial photos, which will further explore the mission’s major scientific subjects. In what astronomers call the telescope’s first “cycle,” or first year of observations, teams have already submitted applications through a competitive process for time to utilise the instrument.