Cosmic Rocks and Dancing Galaxies: NASA's James Webb Telescope ushered in a new era of astronomy

Cosmic Rocks and Dancing Galaxies: NASA's James Webb Telescope ushered in a new era of astronomy

The cosmic rocks of a stellar nursery, astronomy.

The cosmic rocks of a stellar nursery, astronomy.

a quintet of galaxies tied in an astronomical dance: the James Webb Space Telescope released its next wave of images on July 12, ushering in a new era of

a quintet of galaxies tied in an astronomical dance: the James Webb Space Telescope released its next wave of images on July 12, ushering in a new era of

"Every image is a new discovery," NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said.ore."

"Every image is a new discovery," NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said.ore."

"Each will give humanity a view of the universe we have never seen bef

"Each will give humanity a view of the universe we have never seen bef

Released one by one, the new images demonstrated the full power of the $10 billion observatory,

Released one by one, the new images demonstrated the full power of the $10 billion observatory,

which uses infrared cameras to gaze into the distant universe in unprecedented clarity.

which uses infrared cameras to gaze into the distant universe in unprecedented clarity.

On July 11, Webb revealed the clearest image to date of the early universe, going back 13 billion years.

On July 11, Webb revealed the clearest image to date of the early universe, going back 13 billion years.

The latest tranche included the "mountains" and "valleys" of a star-forming region called NGC 3324 in the Carina Nebula, dubbed the "Cosmic Cliffs," 7,600 light years away.

The latest tranche included the "mountains" and "valleys" of a star-forming region called NGC 3324 in the Carina Nebula, dubbed the "Cosmic Cliffs," 7,600 light years away.

"For the first time we're seeing brand new stars that were previously completely hidden from our view," said NASA astrophycisist Amber Straughn.

"For the first time we're seeing brand new stars that were previously completely hidden from our view," said NASA astrophycisist Amber Straughn.

Webb also revealed never before seen details of Stephan's Quintet, a grouping of five galaxies including four that experience repeated close encounters,

Webb also revealed never before seen details of Stephan's Quintet, a grouping of five galaxies including four that experience repeated close encounters,

, which provide insights into how early galaxies formed at the start of the universe.

, which provide insights into how early galaxies formed at the start of the universe.