BREAKING: NASA has announced Webb's targets in the first images. Carina Nebula and others on the list
Article by: Andacs Robert Eugen, on 08 July 2022, at 07:41 am Los Angeles time
NASA has made public the first targets of James Webb that we will see in future images of the telescope!
While waiting for the first images of the distant Universe and spectroscopic data, NASA, CSA, and ESA presented as they could see below what awaits us in these first observations.
The targets were selected by an international committee of representatives from NASA, ESA, CSA, and the Space Telescope Science Institute.
From NASA's announcement, the first targets will be:
- Carina Nebula. "The Carina Nebula is one of the largest and brightest nebulae in the sky, located approximately 7,600 light-years away in the southern constellation Carina. Nebulae are stellar nurseries where stars form. The Carina Nebula is home to many massive stars, several times larger than the Sun," explained NASA.
- WASP-96 b (spectrum). "WASP-96 b is a giant planet outside our solar system, composed mainly of gas. The planet, located nearly 1,150 light-years from Earth, orbits its star every 3.4 days. It has about half the mass of Jupiter, and its discovery was announced in 2014,"
- Southern Ring Nebula. "The Southern Ring, or "Eight-Burst" nebula, is a planetary nebula - an expanding cloud of gas, surrounding a dying star. It is nearly half a light-year in diameter and is located approximately 2,000 light-years away from Earth," NASA described Southern Ring Nebula.
- Stephan's Quintet: "About 290 million light-years away, Stephan's Quintet is located in the constellation Pegasus. It is notable for being the first compact galaxy group ever discovered in 1787. Four of the five galaxies within the quintet are locked in a cosmic dance of repeated close encounters,"
- SMACS 0723: "Massive foreground galaxy clusters magnify and distort the light of objects behind them, permitting a deep field view into both the extremely distant and intrinsically faint galaxy populations," the space agency described the target.
On 12 July 2022 at 10:30 a.m. EDT, we will see these in the most detailed images ever taken!