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JWST Captures the Most Sharp Infrared Image Ever

The infrared radiation image below was taken by the recently launched James Webb Space Telescope (JWST).

The telescope can see at wavelengths of 0.6–28.3 μm (orange to mid-infrared). JWST's primary mirror consists of 18 hexagonal mirrors made of gold-plated beryllium which combined create a 6.5-meter (21 ft) diameter mirror and 25.4 m^2 surface area (6 times larger than Hubble Space Telescope).

The image above depicts the star 2MASS J17554042+6551277 and it is considered to be the sharpest infrared image ever taken from space. The image was taken using the Near Infrared Camera (NIRCam). This unprecedented achievement confirms the perfect functionality of the JWST, as well as its status as the most powerful human space telescope ever launched into space.

2MASS J17554042+6551277 is at a distance of 2,000 light-years. The background galaxies that are depicted are billions of light-years away and they are much more faint. The image taken is of such a high quality that it is considered to be the best image physics will allow according the diffraction limit.

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Mar 30, 2022

We can expect more groundbreaking discoveries soon! JWST will achieve more than the humble Hubble (HST). Keep us updated!

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