You may have already heard, but there's supernova-level news in the science world! This week NASA unveiled the deepest photos of the universe ever taken, including a planetary nebula, all with the help of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST).

The $10B telescope, launched in December, has successfully captured images that progress our understanding of how the universe evolved as early as 13 billion years ago!

The initial photo (seen above), released Monday, shows a massive galaxy cluster emitting enough light to showcase even more distant galaxies. As large an area as this covers, it's still comparable to a "grain of sand held at arm's length by someone on the ground," NASA explained.

 

"This landscape of “mountains” and “valleys” speckled with glittering stars is actually the edge of a nearby, young, star-forming region called NGC 3324 in the Carina Nebula. Captured in infrared light by NASA’s new James Webb Space Telescope, this image reveals for the first time previously invisible areas of star birth."
"This landscape of “mountains” and “valleys” speckled with glittering stars is actually the edge of a nearby, young, star-forming region called NGC 3324 in the Carina Nebula. Captured in infrared light by NASA’s new James Webb Space Telescope, this image reveals for the first time previously invisible areas of star birth." Credits: NASA, ESA, CSA, and STScI

 

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