James Webb telescope records sharpest-ever image of oldest seen ancient galaxies

The first full-colour image documenting the entire history of the universe has been released – and it's very trippy.

The James Webb Space Telescope launched in December 2021 with the aim of sending back images of space like we've never seen before.

It was billed as the most powerful telescope ever created.

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Overnight, its first image was sent back to NASA – and it's incredible.

Although it only shows one tiny part of space, it is claimed that the images show light older than 13 billion years.

The image was taken over 12.5 hours and highlights a galaxy cluster known as SMACS 0723, which is thought to be around 4.6 billion years old.

The astonishing image was unveiled by United States President Joe Biden.

He said: “These images are going to remind the world that America can do big things, and they’ll remind the American people, especially our children, that there’s nothing beyond our capacity – nothing beyond our capacity.

“We can see possibilities no one has ever seen before, and we can go places no one has ever gone before.

“You know, you’ve – you’ve heard me say it over and over again – America is defined by one single word: possibilities."

NASA Administrator Bill Nelson was on hand to provide the experts take on the images.

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“100 years ago, we thought there was only one galaxy,” he explained.

“Now, the number is unlimited, and in our galaxy, we have billions of stars, or suns.

“And there are billions of galaxies with billions of stars and suns – and we’re getting our first glimpse. We’re looking back more than 13 billion years.

“Light travels at 186,000 miles per second, and that light that you are seeing on one of those little specks has been travelling for over 13 billion years.”

It was not made clear when the next set of images will be sent to Earth, but Mr Nelson said that they will be more precise – and could include images of never-before-seen planets.

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