Nasa is set to reveal the deepest picture of the universe ever – and it brought one astronomer to tears

NASA will release images from space taken by its new flagship observatory, the James Webb Telescope.

The James Webb Telescope can effectively look back in time while capturing images composed of infrared rays light-years away.

The James Webb telescope's gilded mirrors help it reflect infrared light


The James Webb telescope’s gilded mirrors help it reflect infrared lightCredit: AFP or Licensor
The sunshade was folded 12 times before unfolding in space


The sunshade was folded 12 times before unfolding in spaceCredit: Alamy

During a news conference, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said the James Webb Telescope will provide the “deepest picture of our Universe ever taken.”

Thomas Zurbuchen, an engineer who saw some of James Webb’s work, was almost in tears.

“It’s really hard not to see the universe in a new light and not just have a deeply personal moment,” Zurbuchen told ArsTechnica.

NASA will release images taken by the James Webb Telescope on July 12.

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The James Webb Telescope was launched on Christmas Day 2021.

In the months since, the observatory has calibrated itself in the unforgiving environment of space while parked a million kilometers from Earth.

The advanced imaging technologies onboard the Webb allow it to capture high-resolution photos of space by focusing on infrared light.

“This is further than mankind has ever seen before,” added Nelson.

The James Webb Telescope is also working on the chemical analysis of the atmosphere of a distant exoplanet.

These detailed studies could provide revealing information about life elsewhere in the universe.

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Expectations are high for the James Webb Telescope’s 20-year mission.

NASA Administrator Nelson said: “It might answer some of the questions we have: Where are we coming from? What else is out there? Who are we? And of course it’s going to answer some questions that we don’t even know what the questions are.” Nasa is set to reveal the deepest picture of the universe ever – and it brought one astronomer to tears

Chris Barrese

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