NASA’s Webb Telescope: Stunning Images on One-Year Anniversary of Arrival


Tuesday marks one year since the James Webb Space Telescope reached its destination, orbiting 1 million miles away from Earth. A collaboration between NASA, the European Space Agency, and the Canadian Space Agency, the telescope uses infrared radiation to detect objects in space and observe celestial bodies that are typically invisible to the naked eye. Since launch, the Webb telescope has sent back a plethora of images, including of stars, planets, nebula, and galaxies millions of miles away. The first full-color image, of the galaxy cluster SMACS 0723, was unveiled at the White House in July 2022 and showed the “deepest and sharpest infrared image of the distant universe to date.” In August, two new images of Jupiter were revealed, showcasing its atmosphere, rings, and moons in never-before-seen detail. Webb has also captured images of the Phantom Galaxy, the Pillars of Creation, a protostar, and the coldest ice ever measured. The telescope’s data has proven that molecules more complex than methanol can form in icy depths before stars are born.