Mark Your Calendars – NASA to Release James Webb Images July 12
Good news! After 20 years of building and $10 billion of funding, we will finally get to see the first pictures from the James Webb Space Telescope on Tuesday July 12th. NASA has teased the release of the images promising "the deepest images of our universe that's ever been taken" and will include the first ever spectrum of an exoplanet.
As you can see from the above comparison to the Spitzer Space Telescope launched in 2003 (now retired), the James Webb is much more powerful. Estimates have it at 100 times more powerful than even the Hubble Telescope.
The scientific community is obviously very excited to see what the first batch of images contain, and all of this excitement surround just 120 hours of observation time with the telescope. The real eye opening discoveries will likely be the result of months or years of observation, and the James Webb has only just begun opening our eyes.
Stay tuned to NASA.gov for the release of the photos at 10:30am EDT.