This week we will see a great event in the world of astronomy, with the publication of the first scientific images from the James Webb Space Telescope. Launched in December last year, the telescope had to travel to its orbit around the sun, deploy its hardware, including a 6.5-meter primary mirror and a tennis-court-sized sunshield, then align and calibrate its four instruments. . With all that done, scientists are eager to get to work with the telescope, and the first results will be shared on Tuesday, July 12.
The release of the images will be broadcast live by NASA, and we’ve got the details on how to watch them below.
The images will show space objects in incredible detail, including the deepest image of the universe ever taken. NASA recently announced which objects were being imaged, including a rare glimpse of an exoplanet’s atmosphere (including spectroscopy data), images of two nebulae, images of a group of galaxies, and a deep-field image.
The Webb instruments operate in the infrared, which means they can detect different features than instruments that operate primarily in the wavelength of visible light like Hubble’s. Webb is also very powerful, so he can see very distant and very faint objects, allowing astronomers to get the deepest view yet of parts of the universe and to see some of the earliest galaxies in the universe.
To see the reveal of the first images, you can tune in to the announcement on NASA TV. You can see this by going to NASA’s YouTube page or by using the embedded video near the top of this page. The broadcast for the release of the images will begin at 10:30 am ET (7:30 am PT) on Tuesday, July 12.
If you only want to view the images, once they are made public, they will be available on the first image gallery on NASA websiteor you can find them in high resolution with more information published in the Webb Telescope website.