The James Webb Space Telescope (Artistic illustration).
US President Joe Biden is due to reveal one of the first images captured by the James Webb Space Telescope, the most powerful ever sent into orbit, at 5 p.m. Monday, kicking off two days of festivities eagerly awaited by space enthusiasts. x27; space around the world.
NASA announced on Friday the names of the first five cosmic targets chosen. But the images, which promise to be spectacular, have so far been jealously guarded, in order to create suspense.
Joe Biden must reveal the first scientific image taken by James Webb, according to NASA, during an event at the White House, in the presence of the boss of the American space agency, Bill Nelson.
The first image expected on Monday could be of a deep field, i.e. an image taken with a long exposure time in order to detect the faintest glows , according to a scientific source.
The names of the other cosmic objects observed are as poetic as they are spellbinding: the Carina Nebula and the Southern Ring (gigantic clouds of gas and dust where stars are formed), and Stephan's Quintet (a compact grouping of galaxies).