(ORDO NEWS) — Billions of years ago, long before a spinning cloud of gas and dust collapsed under its own gravity to form the Sun, light from the earliest stars in the universe set out on a long journey through space.
Since that time, this light has traveled through the entire universe, traveling trillions upon trillions of kilometers. On his way he met galaxies and newborn stars, some of which had planets in their systems.
And on one of these planets, a species developed that not only became interested in what was happening in space, but also invented tools to help see what the eyes are not able to see.
Last Monday, the world public got its first glimpse of this ancient light with NASA’s new James Webb Space Telescope, the most advanced and technologically advanced space observatory to date.
This image shows a patch of sky where the light from countless galaxies swirls around a central point, like the light reflected off a disco ball.
This image, flanked by US President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, was unveiled by NASA Administrator Bill Nelson at a news conference held at the White House.
“If you look at a grain of sand on your outstretched finger, you get an idea of how much of the universe we’re seeing in this image – just a tiny speck,” Nelson said.
Webb is the scientific successor to NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, which forever changed our understanding of the limits of outer space.
One of the most famous images taken by Hubble shows spots of light corresponding to 5500 individual galaxies, the faintest of which allow us to look into the past of the Universe to a depth of 13.2 billion years.
The Webb Observatory allows a detailed view of the smeared spots of light observed in the Hubble images, NASA noted.
It was launched into space from the site of the spaceport, located in French Guiana, around Christmas last year.
After being sent, the telescope went straight to point L2 (the second Lagrange point) of the Earth-Sun system, located at a distance of about 1,500,000 kilometers from Earth.
At this point, the gravitational forces acting on the apparatus from the Earth and the Sun are balanced, which allows the telescope to be at a given distance from our planet.
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