If you follow stuff like this, you probably already know, but the James Webb Space Telescope team just released the first actual image from the telescope:
More images are expected to be released tomorrow (July 12). Visit their page for details (and the full-sized image — all 4537×4630 pixels of it). Visit their excellent “Where Is Webb?” page for the latest status and stats on the JWST.
Congrats again to everyone involved! This was an amazing (and prolonged) effort. I’m glad I get to see some of the results now!
July 11th, 2022 at 7:12 pm
To quote from the NASA page for the image:
So, if you noticed some distortion in the image, it’s from the gravitational lensing. And just think: “tiny, faint structures that have never been seen before”! How cool is that?
July 12th, 2022 at 4:19 pm
A stunning new image released today!
I’m thinking it’s my new wallpaper…
July 12th, 2022 at 4:25 pm
Yeah! New wallpaper! Gorgeous!!
July 12th, 2022 at 5:42 pm
Meanwhile, here on Earth,…
July 14th, 2022 at 1:00 am
July 16th, 2022 at 11:26 am
Deep field images, meh. Seen one grain of sand fully of galaxies ya seen em’ all. Show me a Dyson Ring Swarm or the actual visible image of an exoplanet.
Or better yet, show me some arc of the space-dome that is utterly black. Like someone doesn’t want us looking in their direction.
July 16th, 2022 at 11:31 am
Ah, but then we’d know there was something interesting there. If you were really clever, you’d make your patch of space look just as boring as other patches of space.
“Nothing to see here, folks! Nothing of interest here. No reason to send your self-replicating planet-mining machines our way…”