Did you see the news that all of the instruments are aligned now?

Check out this comparison of one of the newly released calibration images from the MIRI instrument compared to images taken of the same region of space by the WISE and Spitzer space telescopes! Look at that resolution! So many newly resolved stars and structures! 🤩

I can't wait for all the new discoveries we'll make with JWST! data starts in only a couple months!

(Image from @/AndrasGasper on birdapp)

@_astronoMay
Very good image detail.
Some stars are now displayed as eight rays :)

Follow

@Lafiel yeah, doesn't that look cool! This has to do with the shape of JWST's mirrors! Because they're not a circle, when we look at a point source like a star it doesn't show up like a circle on the detectors. There's a bunch of fancy physics that goes into this, but this image is an example of what shapes different mirrors turn point sources like a star into

@_astronoMay @Lafiel I was going to comment on how beautifully JWST’s structure is mirrored in the stars’ patterns. Great comparison in those pictures!

Sign in to participate in the conversation
Mastodon

A newer server operated by the Mastodon gGmbH non-profit