When you stop to consider the mind-boggling size of the universe, yeah, it's easy to feel insignificant. When you puzzle over the challenges of exploring space with our frail, fleshy bodies, sure, it's intimidating. And is that endless abyss full of apocalyptic scenarios waiting to happen? Yes. But, friends, there is some gorgeous chaos out there.
More than two decades in the making and finally launched on December 25, 2021, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is the successor to the Hubble. It is the most powerful telescope to be launched into space, and currently resides 1.5 million kilometers (932,000 miles) from Earth. It is capable of gathering seven times the amount of light as the Hubble, offering us even deeper glimpses into the universe, and even further hints into its past.
We were stunned by the pictures of Saturn taken by the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft, but we're absolutely floored by the first color images from the James Webb. Enjoy these unparalleled peeks into our universe's past, and vote up the ones that take your breath away.
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The 'Cosmic Cliffs' Of The Carina Nebula
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Galaxy Cluster SMACS 0723
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The Carina Nebula (Hubble Vs. JWST)