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Photos from the James Webb Telescope: a Vivid Outlook on Outer Space

Looking up to a vast, dark sky at night, all you see is an inky, abyssal pool littered with glowing white flecks. Researchers, students, and generally people around the world have been fascinated by what may lie beyond Earth’s atmosphere for generations.

With this new era comes new and better technology, which is where the James Webb Space Telescope comes into play. The James Webb Space Telescope, commonly abbreviated JWST, was launched into outer space on the 25th of December, 2021, with the purpose “to understand the Universe and our origins,” as stated by science.nasa.gov. After some time, JWST began snapping pictures of its view.

Using both its near-Infrared camera (NIRCam, left) and its mid-Infrared instrument (MIRI, right), JWST captured two beautifully colorful pictures of the Southern Ring Nebula. These photos were released on July 12th, 2022.

A dying star; the Southern Ring Nebula. Left picture: Near-Infrared Camera, RIght picture: Mid-Infrared Instrument.

That same day, JWST would release an image taken using the NIRCam. This picture would surprise the world, holding the internet awestruck at the sight of so many galaxies in one photo. This was titled, “Webb’s First Deep Field.”

A photograph titled “Webb’s First Deep Field.” It was taken with JWST’s NIRCam, and shows many different types of galaxies and matter.

What looks like an artist’s rendition of the eye of a hurricane is actually a photograph of the heart of the Phantom Galaxy. NASA released this image on August 29th, 2022.

“The Phantom Galaxy is around 32 million light-years away from Earth in the constellation Pisces, and lies almost face-on to Earth,” states esawebb.org. “This, coupled with its well-defined spiral arms, makes it a favourite target for astronomers studying the origin and structure of galactic spirals.”

The Phantom Galaxy is commonly an astronomer’s favorite to observe, with its well-defined and mesmerizing features.

At first glance, this looks like a picture of the ringed planet Saturn, but what you see is one of our solar system’s ice giants! On September 21st, 2022, JWST captured a stunning photograph of Neptune and its rings, as well as one of its moons, Triton, shining brightly.

On September 21st, 2022, JWST captured a stunning photograph of Neptune and its rings, as well as one of its moons, Triton, shining brightly.

NASA’s NIRCam and MIRI processed a striking image taken of the Crab Nebula, “in the search for answers about the supernova remnant’s origins,” as per esawebb.org’s words. The picture was released Octoner 30th, 2023.

Beyond the clouds, the sun and moon, there is a vast starscape; a seemingly endless universe shining with galaxies and strange forms of matter, rapidly growing, shrinking, forming anew and destroying itself simultaniously. There are some things that scientists may never be able to explain, but for now, humanity can marvel at the beauty of our universe, for however far it may stretch out into nothingness.

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Natalie Brown, Staff Writer
Natalie Brown, is a ninth grade student at Santa Rosa Academy. She is a staff member of The Lasso and is amazing at digital art and physical art. She loves to write about anything she is interested in. She is also a kind and outstanding writer. Some of her interests include bugs and cats. She also has a cat named Boof -- Boof is a fat black cat and she is very loud, very needy, loves to cuddle her owner, and cry out when she is hungry. Natalie is into the paranormal and even has a club dedicated to the super natural/paranormal. Her club is called the Mystery Club which is very new, so show kindness and support!
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