Here is the first astonishing image from the James Webb Telescope

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Surprised Cat GIF

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I’ve seen that image before… Doctor Who - Clean Peter Davison Opening Titles (1982, Reinstated) - YouTube

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…and everyone of a certain age in the UK thinks “that’s just the opening titles for Doctor Who”

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Ha! Simulpost!

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Does someone have a link to the actual, high-res image? I know that this is an astonishing image, but it’s kid of hard to really digest the scope when every website posts these downscaled jpegs. And yeah, I looked at the NASA site, but it apparently won’t be available until tomorrow? Kind of a weird way to showcase such a profound moment.

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Holy moly look at that gravitational lensing. That cluster’s got mass.

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There’s a full res TIF here:

there’s a button to download towards the bottom.

I can’t believe I waited a half hour for the press conference to start and all they did was show a tiny pic and then like peace out after 2 minutes

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I found it very helpful to compare it with the best Hubble image we have of the same view.


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https://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/goddard/2022/nasa-s-webb-delivers-deepest-infrared-image-of-universe-yet

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Great minds, Scurra. Great minds…

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The big show starts tomorrow, 6:45 PST

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The gravitational lensing there really is incredible.

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I work in the same building as Marcia Reike, the PI for the NIRCam instrument that captured this image. They’re having an image release party tomorrow morning. Do you have any questions you’d like me to ask her?

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Obligs:

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All those galaxies, billions of light years away, with light so red-shifted they can’t be seen with the human eye. Yet so many still believe that we must be alone in the universe.

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People who actually believe that have far too much ego and far too little imagination, IMO.

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It’s a pretty picture, but we are looking at an image that was taken entirely in the infra-red. The distant galaxies are probably re-shifted enough that this may be considered a colour correction, but not the nearer ones.

What is the right thing to do here? Once we have squeezed all the science out, we can edit the images for Maximum Pretty, and it hurts no-one. But I like to know what I am looking at.

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Good luck with that.

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That’s the wrong opening.

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