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Spiral galaxy with a bustling core, Webb's view shows orange-bright dust at top left, Hubble's view shows stars at bottom right

Galaxies

Webb Telescope Unveils 19 Galaxies in a New Light

A James Webb Space Telescope survey known as PHANGS has revealed exquisite, just-published details in 19 nearby galaxies.

JWST deep-field image showing many galaxies

Galaxies

The Milky Way Might Have Started Out Shaped Like a Pickle

Faraway dwarf galaxies in the universe's distant past — which will become modern Milky Ways — have an unexpectedly stretched-out appearance.

Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune in near-infrared

Solar System

The Webb Telescope's Grand Tour of the Solar System

The James Webb Space Telescope has revealed galaxies in the early universe, hidden star formation, and sniffed the atmospheres of exoplanets. But it's also exploring closer to home, imaging each of the giant planets in detail. The telescope can see aspects of the planets' compositions in ways that passing satellites…

Galaxy cluster

Galaxies

Webb, Hubble Telescopes Team Up to Create "Most Colorful View of the Universe"

The Hubble and Webb Space Telescopes have revealed a bounty of galaxies in a pair of colliding clusters, capturing twinkling lights within.

Explosive forming stars

Stellar Science

Astronomy in Pictures: The Birth of Stars and Planets

Images capture the birth of stars and planets in multiple results from space- and ground-based telescopes.

Galaxy field with blue blob in inset

Cosmology

Another Early-Universe Mystery: JWST Spies Dust at Cosmic Dawn

Dust is usually the product of generations of star formation. So what is all this dust doing in the early universe, just a few hundred million years after the Big Bang?

Galaxies spot a black field

Galaxies

James Webb Space Telescope Uncovers Hundreds of Galaxies in Early Universe

In the JWST version of the Hubble Deep Field, astronomers are discovering what galactic life was like in the earliest years of the universe.

Disk galaxy that's brighter at its rim

Galaxies

Red Galaxies at Night, Astronomers' Delight: A Look at the “Hubble-Dark” Universe

JWST images of early galaxies have turned up a population of flat, red disks that may have been entirely missed by previous surveys.

Black field spotted with galaxies

Cosmology

What the Discovery of Massive Early Galaxies Could Mean for Cosmology

JWST's detection of early galaxies that are far more massive than astronomers had expected could mean we need to rewrite our understanding of the cosmos.

Infrared view of delicate spiral galaxy IC 5332

Galaxies

Generations of Stars Shape Their Galaxies, Webb Images Reveal

James Webb Space Telescope images reveal an intricate network in nearby galaxies, influenced by generations of star formation.

Black field spotted with galaxies marks the JADES field

Galaxies

Webb's Galactic Distance Record Is Now Official

Spectroscopic measurements confirm Webb's distance record, with images revealing galaxies that existed just 330 million years after the Big Bang.

Regular rings of dust surround a brilliant central star

Stellar Science

Dance of Giant Stars Creates Ripples of Dust

Every time two giant stars swing around each other, they enrich the cosmos with complex organic molecules.

Close-up on glowing Neptune and its gossamer rings

Solar System

Neptune's Rings, Jupiter's “Frosted Cupcakes,” and 3D Views of Mars

Three solar system emissaries have returned beautiful and even interactive vistas of Neptune, Jupiter, and Mars.

Exoplanets

Webb's Exoplanet Data Are Almost Too Good

A new study urges caution in interpreting the chemical fingerprints that Webb is collecting of alien worlds.

Orion Nebula by Webb

Stellar Science

Webb's Dazzling Views of the Orion Nebula

The James Webb Space Telescope has provided its first views of the Orion Nebula, revealing infant stars and the filaments that feed them.

Tarantula Nebula in infrared looks more like a cavity surrounded by spider silk

Space Missions

Webb Captures an Exoplanet, a Brown Dwarf — and a Giant Tarantula

New Webb images reveal the space telescope's first exoplanet, first brown dwarf, and a stellar nursery teeming with activity.

NGC 628 looks like a giant blue-gold maelstrom with a blue middle

Solar System

Webb Reveals Jupiter, Puffy Planet, and Galactic Maelstroms in a New Light

Round out your week with these stunning views of the universe from the James Webb Space telescope.

NGC 7496 spiral galaxy seen in visible and infrared wavelengths

Galaxies

Thin Red Lines: Webb Space Telescope Captures Star Creation on Grand Scale

New imagery from the James Webb Space Telescope shows a nearby galaxy in a whole new light.

Carina Nebula

Professional Telescopes

What We See in the First Science Images from the James Webb Space Telescope

The James Webb Space Telescope released its first science images today. Here's what these images show us.

JWST

Astronomy in Space with David Dickinson

The James Webb Space Telescope Has Arrived at Its Destination

Fully deployed, the James Webb Space Telescope arrived at its new home today, in a halo orbit around the Earth-Sun L2 Lagrange point.