A Spiral Among Thousands

This video zooms into the field of stars and galaxies around the spiral galaxy LEDA 2046648. JWST’s NIRCam reveals smaller, more distant galaxies and bright stars in the field of view, demonstrating the telescope’s impressive resolution in infrared wavelengths. Calibration images such as this one were critical to verify the telescope’s capabilities as it was prepared for science operations.

Video Credit: ESA / NASA / CSA

Webb Looks at Dimorphos

This image from JWST’s Near-Infrared Camera (NIRCam) shows Dimorphos, the asteroid moonlet in the double-asteroid system of Didymos, about 4 hours after DART hit it. A tight, compact core and wispy plumes of material  streaming away are visible. The eight sharp points are Webb’s distinctive diffraction spikes, an artifact of the telescope’s structure.

Image Credits: NASA / ESA / CSA / Cristina Thomas (Northern Arizona University) / Ian Wong (NASA-GSFC) / Joseph DePasquale (STScI)

The Cartwheel Galaxy

The first image of the Cartwheel Galaxy and its companion is a composite from JWST’s Near-Infrared Camera (NIRCam) and Mid-Infrared Instrument (MIRI). It shows details that are difficult to see in the individual images by themselves. The second image emphasizes the mid-infrared light captured by MIRI, revealing young stars and details in the dusty regions within the galaxy.

Video Credit: NASA / ESA / CSA / STScI

Jupiter in Infrared

This false color view from the JWST’s NIRCam instrument’s 2.12 micron filter shows the distinct bands that encircle Jupiter and the planet’s Great Red Spot. The iconic spot appears white in this image because of the way the infrared image was processed. The moon Europa is visible on the left, and its shadow can be seen to the left of the Great Red Spot.

Image Credit: NASA / ESA / CSA/ STScI

The Southern Ring Nebula

The NIRCam and MIRI instruments aboard the James Webb Space Telescope captured the data used to create these false color infrared images of this planetary nebula NGC 3132 (aka the Southern Ring Nebula).

The near infrared (NIRCam) image is on the left. The mid infrared (MIRI) image is on the right, and it is the first ever to resolve both stars of the binary pair at the center of the nebula.

Image Credit: NASA / ESA /CSA / STScI