Webb’s latest galaxy photo will blow your mind with its sharpness

May 10, 2022

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

Webb’s latest galaxy photo will blow your mind with its sharpness

May 10, 2022

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is finally complete. After successfully finishing all seven alignment stages, the telescope is now ready to run and it’s already blowing our minds with stunning images!

NASA took a test shot with the brand new telescope and compared it to a past image of the same target taken with the Spitzer Space Telescope’s Infrared Array Camera. And once again, Webb has exceeded all expectations and returned a gorgeous, super-sharp photo of the Milky Way’s satellite galaxy.

The telescope officially completed its alignment in late April. At the time, NASA posted a series of test images that captures the observatory’s full field of view.

Credit: NASA/STScI

This latest photo is a closer look at the test image. It was taken with Webb’s Mid-Infrared Instrument (MIRI) at 7.7 microns. To give you a better idea of just how sharp this is, NASA compared the image to one taken with an older instrument, the retired Spitzer telescope. It was “the first to provide high-resolution images of the near- and mid-infrared universe,” but it was far behind Webb, obviously.

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Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech (top), NASA/ESA/CSA/STScI (bottom)
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Credit: NASA/ESA/CSA/STScI

Of course, it’s not only that this image is shockingly more sharp, accurate, and beautiful than the old one. It’s also significant for the scientists as it could give them a much better insight into the birth of stars and protoplanetary systems, as NASA explains.

JWST has come a long way since the first photo it sent back to Earth in February. The seven mirror alignment stages started in early 2022 and we’ve been able to follow the progress. It took a few months to get from 18 scattered projections of a single star to this sharp gorgeousness, and that’s definitely something to admire.

There are some more tweaks to finish before the James Webb telescope officially begins science observations, which are scheduled to begin this summer. And just imagine how many more delightful space photos we’re yet to see!

[via Space.com]

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9 responses to “Webb’s latest galaxy photo will blow your mind with its sharpness”

  1. aleroe Avatar
    aleroe

    Cool. But why is this on a DIY photography blog?

    1. Kaouthia Avatar
      Kaouthia

      It’s a photography blog. These are photographs.

      1. aleroe Avatar
        aleroe

        I don’t come to DIYPhotography,net for “photographs”. I come for tips on DIY photography.

        I’m interested in astronomy too, but I go to other sites for that.

        1. Kaouthia Avatar
          Kaouthia

          Well, technically speaking, the James Webb telescope was a DIY build. It’s not like they bought it off the shelf. :)

          1. aleroe Avatar
            aleroe

            Fine. Then let’s see an article about how I can build one for myself, rather than showing off the results from someone else’s build.

          2. Kaouthia Avatar
            Kaouthia

            Why does everybody have to release instructions for the projects they build? Where are your DIY projects?

      2. Arthur_P_Dent Avatar
        Arthur_P_Dent

        They once had a post from a guy who made a dual camera sling harness, and it got taken down because the maker of a commercial product thought it was too close of a knock-off of their product.

  • suruha Avatar
    suruha

    This is remarkable. They look like perfectly-shaped ornaments.
    Awesome!

  • nagybagywagy@gmail.com Avatar
    nagybagywagy@gmail.com

    I don’t normally post here much these days but I do actually agree with aleroe on this. I started coming to this site many years ago to look at the bonkers stuff people came up with – a DSLR out of toilet rolls and stickyback plastic (showing my age), learn cool stuff I or anyone could build, and inspire me to make and share my own DIY projects – which I did. After all, it is called DIYPhotography. The clue’s in the name. However I have been wondering over the last 12 months or so – where are the DIY projects? I subscribe to other photog news outlets and get identical ‘news’. This photo – stunning though it is (and I shoot astro as well) isn’t new – it’s been on almost every news outlet across the UK, US, Australia etc. over the last week or so. The site seems to have largely lost it’s unique selling factor and is now not that much different to any number of photography sites out there. Can we get back to what is used to be? I guess that’s as much on me as anyone to put bonkers stuff up here as anyone – but it was fun.