Today Webb studies the planet Neptune; Here's everything we know about Webb's first image; Read more
Article by: Andacs Robert Eugen, on 12 July 2022, at 03:25 am Los Angeles time
Historical moment of humanity! The James Webb Telescope captured the farthest part of the early universe so far.
Note: As we announced, we transmitted the image in approx. the same minute since its publication.
President Joe Biden, along with Vice President Kamala Harris and NASA Administrator Bill Nelson, presented the deepest image of the universe to date.
James Webb captured a jewel image of the SMACS 0723-73 galaxy cluster.
The region in the image is more than 13 billion light-years away from us, very close to the beginning of our universe.
As you may have noticed, the image is infrared and taken using the Gravitational Lensing method, which is often used by telescopes to observe very distant clusters such as this.
Even though the image was only shown to the public on July 11, 2022, Webb's exposure to this region occurred on June 7, 2022, and most likely lasted several hours.
Because there are only non-colors in space, the telescope used the following filters Red: F444W Orange: F356W Green: F200W + F277W Blue: F090W + F150W, thus resulting in the colors you can see in the image.
The observations were made using Webb's NIRCam instruments, which was only recently declared suitable for scientific observation.
NIRCam was somewhere at 75% functional because only 3 of its 4 modes were functional, these being probably the modes with which these observations were made.
Recently, the Webb team managed to put into operation the latest mode of the NIRCam instrument, namely Coronagraphy, so at this moment James Webb Space Telescope is 100% ready for any scientific observations, the commissioning phase is over.
And while we wait for the next images and data from James Webb today, July 12, 2022, we announce that Webb is doing the first studies on our Solar System.
Today began for just over 2 hours the first observations of the ice giant Neptune with the help of NIRCam Imaging.
Webb is going to make observations and gather data about this mysterious planet and most likely take a picture.
However, the data and the possible image could be presented by the Webb team at the end of this month or even next month.
Until then, we look forward to the Webb spectra that will be presented by NASA, ESA, and CSA in a few hours.
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