First Images From the James Webb Telescope

To Be Released July 12 2022

The first images from The James Webb space telescope are about to be revealed!  These images will be in Full Color.

The Milky Way Galaxy
The Milky Way Galaxy

The images will demonstrate the Webb telescope’s full capabilities.  It will soon be ready to reveal infrared images never before seen from the outer universe.

The images will reveal some of the earliest galaxies and stars that formed after the Big Bang, 13.8 billion years ago.

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The images will be released one-by-one during a televised broadcast beginning at 10:30 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, July 12, from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

Live coverage of the image release broadcast will air on NASA TV, the NASA app, and the agency’s website.

The public also can watch live on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Twitch, and Daily Motion.

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A Galaxy Dance in Outer Space

UGC 2369 galaxy pair in space

Every few billion years, a momentous event occurs in the universe, an event such as the merging if two galaxies.  This happens when galaxies move closer to each other and accelerate towards one another due to their mutual gravitational attraction.  It is estimated that around four billion years from now, our own galaxy, the Milky Way, will drift too close to it’s nearest neighbour, the Andromeda galaxy and the two will merge into one.

In this picture, taken by the Hubble telescope, we can see two distant galaxies, known as the UGC2369 pair, in the process of intertwining and merging together.  This is why they appear to be an unusual shape.  It is a fascinating phenomenon, considering that each of these two galaxies is made up of millions and millions of stars and planets hung in space.

UGC-2369-galaxy pair in space

Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, A. Evans