Tuesday, NASA released a new series of images from the James Webb Space Telescope that they say are “the deepest and sharpest” images of the distant universe to date.
The size of a tennis court and three stories high, the Webb is the largest telescope ever sent into space, according to NASA.
The first full-color image released Monday marked the official beginning of Webb’s general science operations. Using infrared wavelengths, Webb Telescope shows thousands of the first stars and galaxies that formed some 13 billion years ago, about 1 billion years after the Big Bang.
First image from the James Webb Space Telescope released:It shows thousands of galaxies
In one image of the Southern Ring planetary nebula, the shells of gas and dust ejected from dying stars like our sun, provide detail from the late stages of a star’s life.
Most of the multi-colored points of light seen here are galaxies.
Webb chronicled the Cosmic Cliffs, a region located roughly 7,600 lightyears away. This period of very early star formation is rare and difficult to capture, according to NASA.
Contributing: USA Today’s Doyle Rice
Camille Fine is a trending visual producer on USA TODAY’s NOW team.
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