Since its launch on Christmas Day 2021, NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has been busy unlocking the secrets of the universe and revealing the majesty of the cosmos through stunning displays of astrophotography. At IGN, we’re updating a gallery of the most spectacular and important images of the JWST as they are published.
The launch of the JWST was the result of decades of planning and development, during which many billions of dollars were spent and a ton of challenges and engineering setbacks were ingeniously and doggedly overcome.
In this gallery you can take a look at the most impressive images captured by the telescope so far:
The telescope now orbits the Sun at a distance of 1.5 million kilometers in a region of space known as the second Lagrange point. From here, the observatory can keep in sync with our planet as it orbits the Sun, while keeping its important sunshade oriented in the correct position to shade its delicate mirrors and instruments.
In its short scientific career, the Webb Telescope’s vast 6.5m golden eye has imaged the cosmos in spectacular infrared detail, peering into the deep universe and revisiting subjects like the planets of our solar system and iconic sights like the Pillars of the creation.
Be sure to check out the gallery for some of the most spectacular examples of JWST astrophotography, and continue on to IGN for their latest discoveries.