NASA shared a photo taken by the James Webb Space Telescope's guidance camera. It is imperfect, but it was the deepest ever image of the universe.
One thing is that a photo has been taken at the furthest point in the universe. But it can be hard to grasp the magnitude of that feat without context.
Ethan Gone is an amateur astrophotographer and goes by the username k2qogir.
He puts the photo in an easier-to-digest perspective that shows the great distance James Webb captured.
To compare the results, gone captured a six-hour exposure of the same sky as James Webb.
The test image of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) guide camera looks very similar to Hubble's deep fields.
These are my favorites. To see what my telescope could see, I took a long exposure of the same target and compared it with JWSTs.
"Gone explains that I discovered a faint galaxy between 26 and 32 million light-years distant, as well as a cute planetary nebula called Abell 39."
He saw the surrounding area as a space.
He says, "Match my image to the JWST's color and zoom in the same area. [And] my telescope cannot offer any faint stars."
By contrast, James Webb's infrared telescope revealed thousands of stars and galaxies in this region of the night skies.
Gone, which shows Webb's impressive view of this spacious area, illustrates how large it is.
It is roughly the same size as the Mare Crisium on Moon for those who look at the sky from Earth.
Webb's guidance camera image of the sky is a tiny fraction of what it can see.
It cannot see all of the stars and galaxies, but Webb was able to capture this small portion.