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NASA is sharing an incredibly sharp image of a nearby galaxy taken by the new $10 billion James Webb Space Telescope

INCREDIBLE images of a nearby galaxy have been captured by Nasa’s new $10 billion James Webb Space Telescope.

The space agency’s official Instagram account posted a high-resolution image of a nearby galaxy 20 years ago, along with one from another telescope

Scientists celebrate the image's amazing level of detail

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Scientists celebrate the image’s amazing level of detail
A 2003 image of the same area shows the dramatic improvement

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A 2003 image of the same area shows the dramatic improvementCredit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

The pictures show how far technology has progressed in recent decades.

The James Webb Telescope is the most powerful telescope ever launched – and work on the project first began in 1996.

$10 billion and 25 years later, the James Webb Telescope was launched on Christmas Day last year.

With 18 gold-plated mirror segments, the James Webb telescope can capture images with a resolution previously unthinkable.

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Nasa’s post showed a section of the Large Magellanic Cloud and the caption read, “Webb’s image shows tendrils of interstellar gas in unprecedented detail.”

The image was presented side-by-side with a photo of the same galactic area taken by the now-deactivated Spitzer Space Telescope.

Nasa’s contribution emphasized that the clarity of the James Webb image is a product of its large hexagonal mirror.

“The most important component of a telescope is its primary mirror,” the caption reads.

“The larger the mirror, the more light it can collect and the smaller, darker, and more distant objects it can see. Webb’s mirror has an area nearly 45 times larger than Spitzer’s.”

The James Webb Telescope is expected to be fully calibrated and operational by June 2022.

The James Webb telescope will replace the famous Hubble telescope as the leading deep space imaging device.

The telescope is equipped with the latest technology.

It used the Mid-Infrared Instrument (MIRI) to capture its latest image of the Large Magellanic Cloud.

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The James Webb telescope took years of innovation and planning to make it work.

The instrument was folded into a rocket “like a high-tech origami” and then unraveled in space to its 21-foot diameter.

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