Today, we are going to take a quick pause from our normal server and infrastructure coverage and just highlight the big technology news of today. Humanity launched a complex telescope into space and it snapped a photo. After many years to get to this point, the first image from the telescope was revealed.
NASA James Webb Space Telescope’s First Image Released
We are not going to give a history of the James Webb space telescope. Plenty of others have and have done a better job. Still, the images NASA shows of the machine are awesome.
After designing, building, and testing the instrument, packing it and getting it ready for launch, launching into space, and deploying the telescope, it is finally time to see something. Today we got the first public image from NASA using the new telescope:
The photo (you can see the official version here) shows thousands of galaxies in the SMACS 0723 galaxy cluster approximately 4.6 billion years ago. Although I have traveled roughly 2.5 million miles in my lifetime, that is nothing compared to how far light has traveled to reach the telescope.
First off, the images from Hubble were probably some of the ones that led me toward doing anything in tech. Second, and the excellent segue to STH’s coverage area, this illustrates a trend that we are seeing in other areas closer to home. Behind every tech presentation’s “explosion of data” the big drivers are often higher resolution images (and video) as well as having more and higher resolution sensors. If you see the Hubble versus James Webb look at this area of the sky, you can quickly understand how much more data is being captured.
For today though, and with the official first set of images coming out on 2022-07-12, perhaps it is just worth it to take a moment and look at the sky in wonder at what is out there.