OK it is really late here, but today's reveal of the first JWST image of the galaxy cluster SMACS-0723 was amazing, and I am still digesting it. There is so much stuff going on, it is absolutely breathtaking!

Just to get an idea of what an improvement this is over Hubble, over at The Robot Report, they show this beautiful side-by-side view of the previous best image taken with Hubble, and tonight's result. It's wild.

@thriveth @dpthorngren There’s a lot of… gravitational lensing(?) going on. It’s amazing how clear the JWST photo is!


@tsturm @dpthorngren Yes, a lot. It was kind of expected, it's one of the most massive galaxy clusters known - but actually seeing it is still breathtaking.

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