“Every image is a new discovery, and each will give humanity a view of the universe that we’ve never seen before,” said NASA Administrator Bill Nelson.
After a White House preview shot Monday, NASA released more images from the James Webb Space Telescope Tuesday. We have now seen a dying star, a bunch of baby stars, a galaxy cluster, and more. It also appears the telescope found evidence of water on a gas giant planet that orbits a sun-ish star.
And this is only the beginning.
“That light that you are seeing has been traveling for over 13 billion years, and by the way, we’re going back farther,” Nelson said. “This is just the first image. They’re going back about thirteen-and-a-half billion years. And since we know the universe is 13.8 billion years old, we’re going back almost to the beginning.”
These images are proof that we’re about to learn a whole lot more about our past, which could help us move forward into the future. And who knows what or who we’ll meet along the way?