NASA Webb Telescope

NASA Webb Telescope


Launched: Dec. 25, 2021. First images revealed: July 12, 2022. Follow along as the world's most powerful space telescope continues to #UnfoldTheUniverse!

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Catch your breath — Webb has captured the first clear evidence of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere of a planet outside of our solar system! WASP-39 B is a gas giant closely orbiting a Sun-like star 700 light years away:

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Check out the bright waves, swirls, and vortices in Jupiter’s atmosphere — as well as the dark ring system, one million times fainter than the planet! Two moons of Jupiter, including one that’s only about 12 miles (20 km) across, are on the left.

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Tomorrow at 3 pm ET (19 UTC), ask our experts live on @TwitterSpaces  about all of these ways they help make NASA imagery accessible!

Talk about out of this world! This is Webb’s first direct image of a planet outside of our solar system, and it hints at Webb’s future possibilities for studying distant worlds: Not what you expected? Let’s walk through the details👇

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New observations from the telescope have to make their way from raw data to published, peer-reviewed science. Peer review is a long-established quality-control system, where experts scrutinize new discoveries before they are accepted by the scientific community.

Hey Neptune. Did you ring? 👋 Webb’s latest image is the clearest look at Neptune's rings in 30+ years, and our first time seeing them in infrared light. Take in Webb's ghostly, ethereal views of the planet and its dust bands, rings and moons: #IAC2022 

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Space, but make it goth! 🕸️ If this new image from Webb’s mid-infrared instrument (MIRI) looks dark & moody, that's because things look different in this light than what you may be used to. These are the "bones” of galaxy IC 5332, usually hidden by dust:

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👀 Sneak a peek at the deepest & sharpest infrared image of the early universe ever taken — all in a day’s work for the Webb telescope. (Literally, capturing it took less than a day!) This is Webb’s first image released as we begin to #UnfoldTheUniverse :

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#NASAWebb is fully deployed! 🎉 With the successful deployment & latching of our last mirror wing, that's: 50 major deployments, complete. 178 pins, released. 20+ years of work, realized. Next to #UnfoldTheUniverse : traveling out to our orbital destination of Lagrange point 2!

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