James Webb Telescope Takes Baby Pictures Of Universe

Images lead to discoveries of galaxies formed 350 million years after Big Bang
GREENBELT, MD - NOVEMBER 02:  Engineers and technicians assemble the James Webb Space Telescope November 2, 2016 at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. The telescope, designed to be a large space-based observatory optimized for infrared wavelengths, will be the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope and the Spitzer Space Telescope. It is scheduled to be launched in October 2018.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • The James Webb Space Telescope has captured snapshots of galaxies near the dawn of time.
  • Orbiting the sun approximately one million miles from Earth, the JWST can detect faint light that’s been traveling for almost the entire history of our universe, with is 13.8 billion years old.
  • “Just a few hundred million years after the Big Bang, there are already lots of galaxies,” an astronomer at the University of California at Los Angeles, Tommaso Treu, said. “JWST has opened up a new frontier, bringing us closer to understanding how it all began.”

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