The rest of the initial series of images taken by what one of its creators called ‘arguably the most complex machine that humanity has ever built’ have been released.
By Steve McKinley, Halifax Bureau, July 12, 2022
Carina Nebula: Nebulae are the stellar nurseries in which stars are born. Carina is one of the largest and brightest in the night skies, approximately 7,600 light-years away, in the constellation Carina, and home to many stars several more times massive than our Sun. It’s also home to the most luminous star we know of in the Milky Way — the primary star of WR25, a binary star system. It’s about 2.4 million times brighter than our sun.
Astronomers are releasing images of stellar nurseries, a gas-giant exoplanet, a quintet of galaxies and an expanding cloud of gas around a dying star as the most powerful telescope yet continues to show off its prowess at probing the depths of the universe.
After nearly two decades and $10 billion, the James Webb Space Telescope — called by one of its creators “arguably the most complex machine that humanity has ever built” — was on Tuesday morning publicly sharing the fruit of its astronomical capabilities with the rest of the planet.
The new images follow the sneak peek offered Monday in the form of a first picture — a deep field view back in time to some of the earliest days of the universe, aided by the gravitational pull of a cluster of galaxies. The debut image was released as NASA officials briefed U.S. President Joe Biden on the Webb telescope.