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posted by takyon on Monday July 11 2022, @09:35PM   Printer-friendly
from the first-wave dept.

NASA LiveYouTube

Monday, July 11
5:30 p.m. – White House briefing to preview imagery from the James Webb Space Telescope

Tuesday, July 12
9:45 a.m. (EDT) – Opening remarks: James Webb Space Telescope's first full-color images and data
10:30 a.m. – First full-color images and data from the James Webb Space Telescope
12:30 p.m. – Media briefing: James Webb Space Telescope's first full-color images and data
3 p.m. – Media interviews: James Webb Space Telescope's first full-color images and data

NASA's Webb Delivers Deepest Infrared Image of Universe Yet

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 covers a patch of sky approximately the size of a grain of sand held at arm's length by someone on the ground.

The image.

More images will be released after 10:30 AM EDT tomorrow, from these targets:

These listed targets below represent the first wave of full-color scientific images and spectra the observatory has gathered, and the official beginning of Webb's general science operations. They were selected by an international committee of representatives from NASA, ESA, CSA, and the Space Telescope Science Institute.

  • Carina Nebula: The Carina Nebula is one of the largest and brightest nebulae in the sky, located approximately 7,600 light-years away in the southern constellation Carina. Nebulae are stellar nurseries where stars form. The Carina Nebula is home to many massive stars, several times larger than the Sun.
  • WASP-96 b (spectrum): WASP-96 b is a giant planet outside our solar system, composed mainly of gas. The planet, located nearly 1,150 light-years from Earth, orbits its star every 3.4 days. It has about half the mass of Jupiter, and its discovery was announced in 2014.
  • Southern Ring Nebula: The Southern Ring, or "Eight-Burst" nebula, is a planetary nebula – an expanding cloud of gas, surrounding a dying star. It is nearly half a light-year in diameter and is located approximately 2,000 light years away from Earth.
  • Stephan's Quintet: About 290 million light-years away, Stephan's Quintet is located in the constellation Pegasus. It is notable for being the first compact galaxy group ever discovered in 1877. Four of the five galaxies within the quintet are locked in a cosmic dance of repeated close encounters.
  • SMACS 0723: Massive foreground galaxy clusters magnify and distort the light of objects behind them, permitting a deep field view into both the extremely distant and intrinsically faint galaxy populations.
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  • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 11 2022, @09:43PM (11 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 11 2022, @09:43PM (#1259927)

    Curious where the Fine Submission got its headline....
    There is no mention of Biden in the linked article.
    Furthermore, I think it should be self-evident that the James Webb Space Telescope and Joseph Biden have basically NO relationship.
    So again, where the Fine Submission get its headline?
    Hmmm?

    • (Score: 2) by takyon on Monday July 11 2022, @09:45PM

      by takyon (881) <{takyon} {at} {soylentnews.org}> on Monday July 11 2022, @09:45PM (#1259928) Journal

      https://www.esa.int/Science_Exploration/Space_Science/Webb/How_to_see_Webb_s_new_images [esa.int]

      Update: US President Joe Biden will unveil one of the first images in a preview live stream event at 23:30 CEST. Watch live on ESA Web TV [esa.int]. The image will also be made available on ESA channels.

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    • (Score: -1, Offtopic) by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 11 2022, @09:54PM (3 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 11 2022, @09:54PM (#1259930)

      I guess he, or his staff, hopes that the NASA spacebucks and images from far far away will work to alleviate some of his current here and now, image, problems?

      I think there was something in the paper today that 3 out of 5 democrats doesn't even want him to run again for President etc.

      • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 11 2022, @10:45PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 11 2022, @10:45PM (#1259951)

        Yah, he's too radical for Democrats. A leftist elitist. The people want someone even more boring who capitulates even easier to the Nazis sorry, gentle moderates such as Margorie Whatever and the former Sex Worker.

      • (Score: -1, Offtopic) by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 11 2022, @11:58PM (1 child)

        by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 11 2022, @11:58PM (#1259973)

        If Trump's approval ratings were in the septic tank, then Biden's approval is buried in the muck at the bottom of the tank. I heard that Jill Biden won't even vote for him again.

        • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 12 2022, @12:11AM

          by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 12 2022, @12:11AM (#1259975)

          Wow. I heard Jill Biden regularly flies to Maralago to give oral sex to Melania because Donald likes to watch and Jill is a ho for dominant alpha males.

    • (Score: 3, Funny) by Rosco P. Coltrane on Monday July 11 2022, @11:32PM

      by Rosco P. Coltrane (4757) on Monday July 11 2022, @11:32PM (#1259966)

      Ladies and gentleman, here it is! It would appear that the first image captured by the Webb Space Telescope is... a magnificent full-color white dwarf!

      Oh wait no, that's just the cameraman zooming in on the back of presiden Biden's head,

    • (Score: -1, Troll) by Username on Monday July 11 2022, @11:49PM (1 child)

      by Username (4557) on Monday July 11 2022, @11:49PM (#1259971)

      When you're so desperate for a win that you're still willing to shoehorn your politician into spacecraft named after a man who fired anyone under him on the suspicion of being a queer.

      • (Score: -1, Offtopic) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 12 2022, @02:41AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 12 2022, @02:41AM (#1260016)

        Tan suit motherfuker!

    • (Score: 2) by FatPhil on Tuesday July 12 2022, @02:20PM (2 children)

      https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2022/07/11/remarks-by-president-biden-and-vice-president-harris-in-a-briefing-to-preview-the-first-images-from-the-james-webb-space-telescope/
      """
        Remarks by President Biden and Vice President Harris in a Briefing to Preview the First Images from the James Webb Space Telescope
      July 11, 2022
      • Statements and Releases

      South Court Auditorium
      Eisenhower Executive Office Building

      6:13 P.M. EDT

      PRESIDENT BIDEN: [...]I want to thank the team at NASA for once again showing that that’s who we are — that’s who we are as a nation: a nation of possibilities.

      And now let’s take a look at the very first image from this miraculous telescope.

      (The image is displayed.) (Applause.)

      NASA Administrator Nelson, I’m going to turn this over to you. So will you please tell us about what we’re seeing?
      """

      Literally, Biden himself revealed the photo to the public, exactly as the headline says. There's a YT of it, if you still don't believe facts when in written form: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0xskTB1hyA
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      • (Score: 2) by takyon on Tuesday July 12 2022, @03:57PM (1 child)

        by takyon (881) <{takyon} {at} {soylentnews.org}> on Tuesday July 12 2022, @03:57PM (#1260178) Journal

        To be fair, I didn't source the headline beyond "White House briefing to preview imagery from the James Webb Space Telescope".

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        • (Score: 2) by FatPhil on Tuesday July 12 2022, @05:19PM

          No need to be fair. Headlines don't need to be quotes, "from" somewhere. They just have to be pertinent and factual. Which they demonstrably were. Articles quoted in the body always have their titles in the body too, so having them as the story title could be considered redundant. Were we actual editors, we'd often be summarising for our audience - e.g. de-Betteridging, and de-El-Reg-ing. - but alas that takes actual effort, so we don't. Heck, sometimes we don't even stretch to a dept. line.
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  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by vux984 on Monday July 11 2022, @09:57PM (11 children)

    by vux984 (5045) on Monday July 11 2022, @09:57PM (#1259931)

    I'm interested in seeing the photo, and just want a direct link to the photo, not a link to a video stream where I can watch them unveil it. After I see the photo I'll decide if i want to watch the pomp and circumstance of the unveiling video. Probably not though. There's just not enough time in the day to watch videos containing such low infromation density. Although I might read an article summarizing it. I'd be more interested in hearing from the actual scientists than anything a politician has to say about it, but even then, I'd probably rather read it then watch a video of them talking.

    • (Score: 4, Touché) by r1348 on Monday July 11 2022, @10:18PM (3 children)

      by r1348 (5988) on Monday July 11 2022, @10:18PM (#1259934)

      Oh why, I'm thoroughly enjoying watching Kamala Harris robotically reading a script, while clearly having no clue on what she's talking about.

      • (Score: 4, Funny) by takyon on Monday July 11 2022, @10:21PM

        by takyon (881) <{takyon} {at} {soylentnews.org}> on Monday July 11 2022, @10:21PM (#1259937) Journal

        I enjoyed the audio glitching, and the weird whooshing transition.

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      • (Score: 2) by DeathMonkey on Tuesday July 12 2022, @05:52PM (1 child)

        by DeathMonkey (1380) on Tuesday July 12 2022, @05:52PM (#1260229) Journal

        Yeah, I'm sure there are SO MANY NASA engineers would would do such a better job at public speaking!

        • (Score: 2) by r1348 on Wednesday July 13 2022, @06:57PM

          by r1348 (5988) on Wednesday July 13 2022, @06:57PM (#1260568)

          Public speaking is a skill that can be learned in a single month. There are definitely many, many more NASA engineers that would do a better job at having a clue on what they're talking about. And maybe they wouldn't sound like lagging Alexa while at it.

    • (Score: 3, Funny) by DECbot on Monday July 11 2022, @10:20PM (2 children)

      by DECbot (832) on Monday July 11 2022, @10:20PM (#1259936) Journal

      I too look forward to the unveiling of the photo, however I recognize this is a supreme opportunity for a classic goat.se troll.

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      • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 11 2022, @10:24PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 11 2022, @10:24PM (#1259938)

        It would have been a great worldwide Rickroll opportunity.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 11 2022, @10:50PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 11 2022, @10:50PM (#1259954)

        Let's take a look at Uranus [i.ibb.co]. That's a URANUS joke, son. Geddit - your anus.

    • (Score: 1, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 11 2022, @10:27PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 11 2022, @10:27PM (#1259939)

      You could have just gone to the NASA site and looked it up [nasa.gov].

    • (Score: 5, Informative) by takyon on Monday July 11 2022, @10:31PM (2 children)

      by takyon (881) <{takyon} {at} {soylentnews.org}> on Monday July 11 2022, @10:31PM (#1259943) Journal

      https://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/thumbnails/image/main_image_deep_field_smacs0723-5mb.jpg [nasa.gov]

      This is Webb's First Deep Field image, the SMACS 0723 mentioned above.

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      • (Score: 4, Informative) by hubie on Monday July 11 2022, @11:09PM (1 child)

        by hubie (1068) Subscriber Badge on Monday July 11 2022, @11:09PM (#1259961) Journal

        Full resolution image (if you believe the fllename): https://webb.nasa.gov/content/webbLaunch/assets/images/firstImages/SMACS0723_nircam-FullRez.jpg [nasa.gov]

        • (Score: 4, Informative) by FatPhil on Tuesday July 12 2022, @05:03PM

          Here's my favourite of the others: https://stsci-opo.org/STScI-01G79R51118N21AAZ9MZ8XWWQ6.png
          from https://webbtelescope.org/contents/media/images/2022/033/01G70BGTSYBHS69T7K3N3ASSEB?Collection=First%20Images&news=true
          found from https://webbtelescope.org/contents/news-releases/2022/news-2022-033?Collection=First%20Images
          found from https://webbtelescope.org/news/news-releases?Collection=First%20Images

          All of the other "raw" images are the same number of clicks away from that news page.
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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 12 2022, @12:05AM (6 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 12 2022, @12:05AM (#1259974)

    Is it just me, or...?

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 12 2022, @12:34AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 12 2022, @12:34AM (#1259977)

      perhaps jj abrams helped them to fake it?

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 12 2022, @01:17AM (2 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 12 2022, @01:17AM (#1259989)

      Hexagonal segmented mirror. Lens flare is unavoidable, but it also helps them focus it [wikipedia.org]. The only downside is that there is no way to turn it off.

      • (Score: 1) by khallow on Tuesday July 12 2022, @02:59AM

        by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday July 12 2022, @02:59AM (#1260019) Journal
        'Why w'oul.d* you; w:ant to?*
      • (Score: 2) by RS3 on Tuesday July 12 2022, @08:56PM

        by RS3 (6367) on Tuesday July 12 2022, @08:56PM (#1260283)

        Seems like that could be algorithmically removed, and should be pretty simple, considering the amazing things you can do in Photoshop, "deepfakes", etc.

    • (Score: 4, Informative) by FatPhil on Tuesday July 12 2022, @02:35PM (1 child)

      That's not lens flare, that's the point spread function. It's related to (kindad a fourier transform) of everything that's between out there and the sensor. You can see the hexagonal symmetry, but also the fact that there's something with 2-way symmetry (presumably an element with a top/bottom mount). But it also kinda has some ripples to it too.

      You can't ever get rid of it, that's optics, that's quantum mechanics. The fact that you can see the ripples proves that. Compare it to narrowing the aperture on a normal camera, in order to increase the depth of focus in your image, and make things better - but ooops - you made it worse because you became diffraction limited! http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/phyopt/cirapp2.html#c2
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      • (Score: 3, Interesting) by FatPhil on Tuesday July 12 2022, @02:53PM

        And sure enough, between reveal 2 and reveal 3, there's an interview with a scientist and the words "diffraction limited" gets uttered. That's it - that literally means "this equipment cannot physically produce anything better than this image".
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  • (Score: -1, Offtopic) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 12 2022, @06:17AM (3 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 12 2022, @06:17AM (#1260054)

    Two points:

    This AC wanted to point out that on the AI military contract story, Palantir is a Peter Thiel company, so not a matter of good or evil, just plain evil to start with. And that without the "young blood" vampirism.

    Second: Gigas? Dino? Tiny arms to hold on during coitus? I, for one, do not expect to see the problems of khallow's private life broadcast on the front page! Have we learned NOTHING from the Runaway's detachable penis for lunch episode? No? Nothing? Ok, thought so.

    So ban me from posting, and then mod be "offtopic". It's all the same in the end. That's what I always say, "It's all the same in the end'.

    • (Score: 2) by janrinok on Tuesday July 12 2022, @07:02AM (2 children)

      by janrinok (52) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday July 12 2022, @07:02AM (#1260069) Journal

      Ok - thanks for your suggestion "anti-aristarchus".

      Another 6 posts this morning within 41 minutes - all personal attacks of named users. You have nothing of any value to add.

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      • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 12 2022, @07:50AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 12 2022, @07:50AM (#1260077)

        I am not anti-aristarchus, I am anti-janrinok! The more you try to link me to old Tor outlets, the more silly and stupid you will look, If that is possible. Now get back on topic, you idiot! You buffoon! What about the James Webb Biden Space Telescope pics? Eh? And you think you are STEM! You are only TEMP, Tech, Engineering, Money and Profit! You deplore actual science! What named users? I bet three of them were khallow. We need to look to that young person's education.

      • (Score: 2, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 12 2022, @04:15PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 12 2022, @04:15PM (#1260181)

        The sooner you'll realize you're dealing with an individual with serious mental health issues and completely stop replying to him altogether, the better you'll feel.

        Stop wrestling with a pig. You both get dirty, and the pig likes it.

  • (Score: 5, Informative) by PiMuNu on Tuesday July 12 2022, @10:47AM (2 children)

    by PiMuNu (3823) on Tuesday July 12 2022, @10:47AM (#1260099)

    You have a US president getting behind science. Why are folks complaining? This is absolutely amazing.

    Compare it to Trump, where scientists felt lucky to even get paid.

    • (Score: 3, Touché) by Freeman on Tuesday July 12 2022, @02:55PM (1 child)

      by Freeman (732) on Tuesday July 12 2022, @02:55PM (#1260158) Journal

      Trump had no problem taking credit for other people's work either.

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  • (Score: 1) by pir on Tuesday July 12 2022, @07:07PM (2 children)

    by pir (9719) on Tuesday July 12 2022, @07:07PM (#1260251)

    Is it just me or are other people seeing things (presumably small galaxy clusters) in these images that (coincidentally) look like Constitution-class starships? Maybe it's all the squee I've emitted over ST:SNW lately.

    Anyway, kudos to STScI and everyone who made this possible.

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