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These are the spectacular first targets of the James Webb Space Telescope and that we will be able to see in just a few hours.
We are just a few hours away from the publication of the first images captured by the avant-garde James Webb Space Telescope in an event that has been long-awaited for months and that will help us to discover in greater detail everything that we have up there, in the immensity of space. .
If you don’t already know, the James Webb Space Telescope is the largest, most powerful and complex science telescope ever built and it will solve certain mysteries not only of our solar system but also of our entire galaxy by showing us in greater detail nebulae, stars or even other planets.
The first images and spectra of the telescope will be published on July 12 at 4:30 p.m. Spanish peninsular time . You will be able to see the images through NASA Television, NASA applications or on this project website , but they will also be posted simultaneously on social networks, on official NASA accounts on sites such as Facebook , Twitter or YouTube , among others. .
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The first batch of images come from targets previously selected by representatives from NASA and the Space Telescope Science Institute, among others:
- Carina Nebula : It is one of the largest and brightest nebulae in our sky, located about 7600 miles away in the southern constellation of Carina. Nebulae are stellar nurseries where stars form, and Carina’s is home to many massive stars, several times larger than our own Sun.
- WASP-96b – is a giant planet outside our solar system made up mostly of gas. It is located almost 1,150 miles from Earth and orbits its star every 3.4 days. It has about half the mass of Jupiter.
- The southern ring nebula is an expanding cloud of gas surrounding a dying star, nearly half a light-year in diameter and about 2,000 light-years from Earth.
- Stephan’s Quintet : located about 290 million light years away and is located in the constellation of Pegasus, being the first compact group of galaxies ever discovered.
- SMACS 0723 – Massive galaxy clusters magnify and distort the light of objects behind them, allowing deep-field viewing of both distant and faint galaxy populations.