How the James Webb Space Telescope’s first colour images were made

Joseph DePasquale, the lead image processor for the James Webb Space Telescope, says seeing its first colour picture was an “overwhelming” experience

Space 11 July 2022

James Webb space telescope

The James Webb Space Telescope captures infrared light, including from galaxies that formed in the early universe

NASA/Desiree Stover

Later today, US president Joe Biden will unveil the first full-colour image captured by the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) – with a batch of additional pictures set for release tomorrow. We know the first image is called “Webb’s First Deep Field” and will provide us with one of the deepest and highest-resolution images of the infrared universe yet captured.

Tomorrow’s release will include a view of the spectacular Carina Nebula, which is a …

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