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Webb Telescope: 5 stunning images reveal why it’s a gamechanger

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At a press conference, NASA and its counterparts at the Canadian Space Agency and European Space Agency shared images of five targets captured by JWST for the first time.

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Here are JWST’s 5 targets, compared to older space telescope imagery:

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Here’s the full panorama.

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4. Two dying stars emit clouds of dust and gas that comprise the Southern Ring Nebula, imaged by the Hubble Space Telescope in 1998.

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3. A portrait of the five galaxies that make up Stephan’s Quintet, imaged by Hubble in 2009.

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An updated portrait by JWST in near-infrared and mid-infrared light shows the galaxies surrounded by other, more distant bodies.

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Here’s the same slice of sky, captured by JWST. Notice the gravitational lensing caused by gravity near the center.

James Webb Space Telescope

1. This is an artist’s rendering of the exoplanet WASP-96 b, which was announced in 2014 as part of the Wide Angle Search for Planets.

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NASA didn’t release a direct image of the exoplanet, but this spectrum shows signatures of water vapor in the planet’s extremely hot atmosphere.

Understanding exoplanet atmospheres is essential in the hunt for life beyond Earth — even if WASP-96 b is far too large and hot to sustain life.

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