#1 – Deep Field: SMACS 0723
NASA’s Webb Delivers Deepest Infrared Image of Universe Yet
Status: 1st Image Preview Released 7/11/22 ~5:30pm
NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has produced the deepest and sharpest infrared image of the distant universe to date. Known as Webb’s First Deep Field, this image of galaxy cluster SMACS 0723 is overflowing with detail.
Thousands of galaxies – including the faintest objects ever observed in the infrared – have appeared in Webb’s view for the first time. This slice of the vast universe is approximately the size of a grain of sand held at arm’s length by someone on the ground.
- President Joe Biden unveiled image of galaxy cluster SMACS 0723, known as Webb’s First Deep Field, during White House event Monday, July 11
- Webb’s sharp near-infrared view brought out faint structures in extremely distant galaxies, offering most detailed view of early universe to date
- NASA, partners will release full series of Webb’s first full-color images and data, known as spectra, Tuesday, July 12, during live NASA TV broadcast