Dazzling James Webb Space Telescope image prompts science scramble

The James Webb Space Telescope’s spectacular image of the deep infrared universe has uncovered 42 new, lensed images of galaxies and revealed in unprecedented depth the shape of the lens, which may eventually help us to see the very first galaxies.

The reveal of the James Webb Space Telescope deep-field image, by US President Joe Biden in a special White House event held on July 11, was a closely guarded secret. Teams of astronomers raced to be the first to analyze it, with three new papers being posted to the community’s preprint server within a week of the image’s release.

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