James Webb Space Telescope’s captures its first images of Mars

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has captured its first images of Mars, viewing infrared light coming from the Red Planet with high sensitivity. The James Webb Space Telescope’s first images and spectra of Mars were released on Monday (Sept. 19) at the Europlanet Science Congress (opens in new tab) (EPSC) 2022. The images and … Read more

James Webb Space Telescope’s 1st exoplanet image. What we can learn.

This series of four images for the James Webb Space Telescope shows the first exoplanet (star) seen by the powerful infrared telescope. (Image credit: NASA/ESA/CSA, A Carter (UCSC), the ERS 1386 team, and A. Pagan (STScI)) This article was originally published at The Conversation. The publication contributed the article to Space.com’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & … Read more

The James Webb Space Telescope never disproved the Big Bang

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has not disproved the Big Bang, despite an article about a pseudoscientific theory that went viral in August, and which mischaracterized quotes from an astrophysicist to create a false narrative that the Big Bang didn’t happen. Although the James Webb Space Telescope has only been science operations for a … Read more

First exoplanet image from James Webb Space Telescope revealed

Unsubtracted and KLIP subtracted image stamps for the NIRCam F356W (top row) and MIRI F1140C (bottom row) filters. The leftmost column displays the median unsubtracted image for a single science roll, and all other columns display the KLIP subtracted images for ADI, RDI, and ADI+RDI subtraction methods using the maximum number of KLIP PCA modes. … Read more

Here’s how to edit James Webb Space Telescope images

Fancy playing with telescope images in your spare time? There’s a large community of people using James Webb Space Telescope imagery to create spectacular imagery. Judy Schmidt is among them, having recently created a spectacular image of the Phantom Galaxy (M74) based on Webb data. Schmidt sat down with Space.com to show the basics of … Read more

Surprising details leap out in sharp new James Webb Space Telescope images of Jupiter

James Webb Space Telescope images of Jupiter display a stunning wealth of detail. A filter sensitive to auroral emission from ionized hydrogen (mapped into the red channel) reveals auroral ovals on the disk of the planet that extend to high altitudes above both the northern and southern poles. A different filter sensitive to high-altitude hazes … Read more

Stephan’s Quintet galaxy photo a James Webb Space Telescope wonder

A new image produced by the James Webb Space Telescope reveals new details of Stephan’s Quintet, the very first compact galaxy group ever discovered that was featured in the 1946 film “It’s a Wonderful Life.” I’m quite sure most readers of the column are familiar with the holiday classic “It’s a Wonderful Life.” If you … Read more

James Webb Space Telescope catches ‘impostor’ red-handed galaxies

Dusty, star-forming galaxies that existed a billion years after the Big Bang could be masquerading as the record-breaking galaxies discovered by NASA’s new space telescope that have been thought to date to even earlier times. In the weeks since the first batch of science data from the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) was released, astronomers … Read more

The James Webb is Measuring Distant Galaxies 5-10 Times Better Than any Other Telescope

On December 25th, 2021, after many years of waiting, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) finally launched to space. In the sixth-month period that followed, this next-generation observatory unfurled its Sunshield, its primary and secondary mirrors, aligned its mirror segments, and flew to its current position at the Earth-Sun Lagrange 2 (L2) Point. On July … Read more

How the James Webb Space Telescope lets us see the first galaxies

This article was originally published at The Conversation. (opens in new tab) The contributed the article to Space.com’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. Sara Web (opens in new tab)Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Swinburne University of Technology. It has been an exciting week with the release of breathtaking photos of our universe by the James Webb Space … Read more