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NASA space telescope sends first test image – scientists are breathless: "really gorgeous"

Actually, it should only be a test image of a single star. When the NASA researchers finally looked at the photo, they took their breath away.

Washington DC – The James Webb Telescope is NASA’s new space telescope. The researchers want to use it to take a look into space that would not even come close to being possible with the human eye. Now obviously the first pictures arrived.

Scientific purposes were actually not tied to the first recordings. It wasn’t about getting pictures of a hot Jupiter in whose atmosphere it could rain liquid gems. Observing black holes that eventually collide is also out of the question at the moment. No, it was about testing a function. And this testing has obviously achieved excellent results.

Space telescope conjures up impressive image of star and thousands of galaxies

The scientists are said to have become dizzy when they first looked at the image from the James Webb Space Telescope. Using its 18 hexagonal mirrors, the telescope photographed a star 1.6 million kilometers from Earth that is 100 times fainter than the human eye can see – the star is 2,000 light-years away.

Officially, it was said that the recording worked better than expected. The center of the picture is said star. The technology behind the recording is said to be responsible for the reddish tint in the image. But the fact that there was more to see in the picture than just the star was what made the researchers happy. “You can’t help but look at the thousands of galaxies beyond, really gorgeous,” said Jane Rigby, scientist for the Webb project.

Test image from the James Webb Space Telescope shows galaxies billions of years old

The scientists working on the James Webb Space Telescope project hope that the technology will one day be able to look so far into the distance that recordings will be made that show times only “a few hundred million years after the Big Bang”. However, one has to wait at least until the end of June for the first scientific images to be available.

Foto des James Webb Weltraumteleskop eines Sterns vor tausenden Galaxien

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Actually, the James Webb Space Telescope was only supposed to photograph the star in the center of the image. But thousands of galaxies can be seen in the background.

The $10 billion James Webb Telescope – the successor to the almost 32-year-old Hubble Space Telescope – was launched from South America in December and arrived at its intended site in January. (mda) *Merkur.de is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA.

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