WRITTEN BY DR MICHAEL SALLA ON JULY 15, 2022.
On July 12, NASA held an international live stream releasing the first official images from the James Webb Space Telescope showing distant exoplanets, galaxies, nebula, and a glimpse deep into our universe. The next day, NASA stealthily released an image of Jupiter taken by the Webb Telescope, which showed a noticeable dark field just above the gas giant’s atmosphere. Was it a shadow, as NASA appeared to claim, or something entirely different – part of a newly arrived extraterrestrial space fleet secretly parked around Jupiter?
According to the NASA webpage announcing the release of the first Webb Telescope images:
These listed targets below represent the first wave of full-color scientific images and spectra the observatory has gathered, and the official beginning of Webb’s general science operations. They were selected by an international committee of representatives from NASA, ESA, CSA, and the Space Telescope Science Institute. These first images from the world’s largest and most powerful space telescope demonstrate Webb at its full power, ready to begin its mission to unfold the infrared universe.
The NASA live stream began with a “deep field” image showing a portion of the universe “teeming with galaxies,” which, according to Jane Rigby, a Webb Operations Scientist, had “a sharpness and clarity we never had.”
Next was an image of a gas giant exoplanet (WASP 96b) transiting its star, which is about 1,120 light years away from Earth. The Webb Telescope provides a far more detailed spectroscopic analysis of the background sun and subsequently deducing the exoplanet’s atmosphere than was possible with its predecessor, the Hubble Space Telescope. According to a NASA Press Release, an analysis of the exoplanet’s transit shows telltale signs of water in its atmosphere.