The star Wolf-Rayet WR 124 was one of the first discoveries of the James Webb Space Telescope, spotted in June 2022.
Stunning detail can be seen in this Webb Telescope photo of the supernova remnant Cassiopeia A, which lies 11,000 light-years from Earth.
Webb’s image of ice giant Uranus shows the planet’s incredible rings and a glowing haze covering its northern polar cap (right). A bright cloud sits at the edge of the cap, and a second is visible to the left.
The James Webb Space Telescope has captured 50,000 sources of near-infrared light in a new image of the Pandora Cluster, a megacluster of galaxies. The cluster acts like a magnifying glass, allowing astronomers to see more distant galaxies behind it.
Stars shine through the hazy material of the dark molecular cloud Chamaeleon I, which lies 630 light-years from Earth.
The James Webb Space Telescope has spotted NGC 346, one of the most dynamic star-forming regions near the Milky Way, located in a dwarf galaxy called the Small Magellanic Cloud.
Two galaxies, known as II ZW96, form a whirlwind shape as they merge in the constellation Delphinus.
The James Webb Space Telescope has revealed features of a new forming protostar.
The James Webb Space Telescope has captured a new perspective of the Pillars of Creation in mid-infrared light. The dust from this star-forming region, rather than the stars themselves, is the highlight and looks like ghostly figures.
Webb captured a very detailed snapshot of the so-called Pillars of Creation, a view of three looming towers made of interstellar dust and gas studded with newly formed stars. The area, which lies in the Eagle Nebula about 6,500 light-years from Earth, was previously captured by the Hubble Telescope in 1995, creating an image deemed “iconic” by spacewatchers.
The two stars of WR140 produce shells of dust that look like rings every eight years, as captured by the Webb telescope.
The James Webb Space Telescope and Hubble Space Telescope contributed to this image of galactic pair VV 191. Webb observed the brighter elliptical galaxy (left) and spiral galaxy (right) in near-infrared light, and Hubble observed collected data in visible and ultraviolet light.
Webb has captured the clearest view of Neptune’s rings in over 30 years.
The inner region of the Orion Nebula as seen by the telescope’s NIRCam instrument. The image reveals intricate details about the formation of stars and planetary systems.
NASA released a mosaic image of the Tarantula Nebula on Tuesday, September 6. The image, which spans 340 light-years, shows tens of thousands of young stars that were previously obscured by cosmic dust.
A new image of the phantom galaxy, located 32 million light-years from Earth, combines data from the James Webb Space Telescope and the Hubble Space Telescope.
NASA released an image of Jupiter on Monday, August 22, which shows the planet’s famous Great Red Spot appearing white.
Webb’s landscape-like view, called “Cosmic Cliffs,” is actually the edge of a nearby young star-forming region called NGC 3324 in the Carina Nebula. The telescope’s infrared view reveals previously invisible star birth zones.
The five galaxies of Stephan’s Quintet can be seen here in a new light. Galaxies seem to dance with each other, showing how these interactions can drive galactic evolution.
This side-by-side comparison shows observations of the South Ring Nebula in near-infrared light, left, and mid-infrared light, right, from NASA’s Webb Telescope. The South Ring Nebula is 2,000 light-years from Earth. This large planetary nebula includes an expanding cloud of gas around a dying star, as well as a secondary star earlier in its evolution.
President Joe Biden released one of the first images of Webb on July 11, and it’s “the deepest, sharpest infrared image of the distant universe to date,” according to NASA. The image shows SMACS 0723, where a massive group of galaxy clusters act as a magnifying glass for the objects behind them. Called gravitational lensing, this created Webb’s first deep-field view of incredibly old and distant faint galaxies.