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

Professional Telescopes

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

Exoplanets

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

Exoplanets

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

Exoplanets

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

Spacecraft and Space Missions

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.

JWST

Astronomy in Space with David Dickinson

Deployment of the James Webb Space Telescope Is Complete

The James Webb Space Telescope has unfolded its primary mirror, marking the end of the deployment phase for the observatory.

JWST

Spacecraft and Space Missions

Critical Step Complete as Webb Space Telescope Deploys Sunshield

Its sunshield now in place, the James Webb Space Telescope is unfolding by the numbers while en route to its new home.

Liftoff!

Spacecraft and Space Missions

The James Webb Space Telescope Is Headed to Space

Over a generation in the making, the James Webb Space Telescope is finally headed for space.

JWST

Astronomy in Space with David Dickinson

What Will the James Webb Space Telescope Uncover?

The soon-to-be-launched James Webb Space Telescope should shed light on exoplanet atmospheres and peer back to the universe's first stars.

James Webb Space Telescope system test

Spacecraft and Space Missions

New Launch Date for James Webb Space Telescope

NASA has delayed its beleaguered James Webb Space Telescope to October 2021, in part due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

James Webb Space Telescope

Professional Telescopes

NASA Sets March 2021 Launch Date for James Webb Space Telescope

Despite significant cost overruns, NASA's James Webb Space Telescope is now set for a March 2021 launch — assuming it receives Congressional reauthorization.

James Webb Space Telescope

Spacecraft and Space Missions

James Webb Telescope Delayed Until 2020

NASA officials announced Wednesday that the James Webb Space Telescope launch would be delayed until approximately May 2020. But before the mission can launch, its managers may have to face Congress.

James Webb Space Telescope

Professional Telescopes

James Webb Space Telescope Launch Delayed til 2019

The long-awaited James Webb Space Telescope — the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope — has slipped its launch date by several months. It will now launch between March and June 2019.

Orbital Path Podcasts with Michelle Thaller

Orbital Path Podcast: First Light

John Mather has seen many first lights, not the least being the first light of the universe — and soon he will see the first light of the James Webb Space Telescope.

Assembling JWST primary mirror

Professional Telescopes

Mirror Assembled for Hubble's Successor

NASA has assembled the primary mirror for the James Webb Space Telescope, a big step on the way to the telescope’s October 2018 launch.

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