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‘Amazing!’ Big Bang breakthrough as NASA’s £8.4bn James Webb spots ‘earliest galaxies’ yet

  • August 06, 2022

These unprecedented images reveal a host of complex galaxies evolving over time, with some shaped like pinwheels, and others resembling “blobby toddlers”.

The images, which took about 24 hours to collect, from a patch of sky near the handle of the Big Dipper, a constellation formally named Ursa Major.

This same section of the sky was observed previously by the Hubble Space Telescope, as seen in the Extended Groth Strip.

Prof Finkelstein of The University of Texas at Austin and the principal investigator for the Cosmic Evolution Early Release Science Survey (CEERS) said: “It’s amazing to see a point of light from Hubble turn into a whole, beautifully shaped galaxy in these new James Webb images, and other galaxies just pop up out of nowhere.”

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