The first image from NASA's new James Webb Space Telescope may not appear to be all that noteworthy at first.
NASA will further make available photos of the Carina Nebula, a stellar nursery where stars develop, in addition to the image featuring the earliest galaxies ever seen.
Caitlin Casey, an astronomer at the University of Texas in Austin, will be one of the researchers conducting the hunt for those early galaxies.
Whereas Hubble could detect 10,000 galaxies in a deep field, Casey predicts that with Webb, "we're going to have a million galaxies."
Beyond discovering new galaxies, Casey wants to comprehend the overall structure of the cosmos, or how it might seem from a bird's eye perspective.
A team led by Anna Nierenberg of the University of California, Merced, has devised a smart approach to utilise the new telescope in an effort to comprehend the basic properties of dark matter.
The Webb Fine Guidance Sensor captured this test image over the course of eight days at the beginning of May. It demonstrates how Webb can take precise pictures of very dim things.
These are only the first of many pictures that Webb, the most potent telescope ever launched into space, will provide. The mission, which was initially anticipated to last 10 years,
The Webb is the biggest telescope ever sent into space, measuring the size of a tennis court and standing three floors tall. Additionally, it is astonishingly 100 times more powerful.