Webb showcases the most distant galaxies

July 12, 2022

A stunning image of the distant universe 4.6 billion years in the making: This is Webb's First Deep Field.

The James Webb Space Telescope, newly certified for operation 1.5 million kilometres from Earth, has revealed its first full-colour image.

JWST First Deep Field Image

Click the image above to see Webb's First Deep Field in full resolution.

We're looking at SMACS 0723, a galaxy cluster that lies 4.6 billion light years from Earth.

Thousands of the most distant galaxies are visible, helped in part by SMACS 0723's gravitational lensing.

The cluster's enormous gravity bends light coming from behind, allowing us to peer even further back into the Universe's history.

More images from Webb are coming just around the corner, so stay tuned!

Sources and further reading:

Webb Reveals Deepest Infrared Image at NASA

NIRCam Image at Webb Telescope

Featured image credit: NASA/ESA/CSA/StScI

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