I’m sure you have at least heard about the James Webb Space Telescope’s (JWST) incredible initial images. 

At first, I was a little underwhelmed. The images just didn’t move me the way Hubble’s Ultra Deep Field did. Then I found out JWST’s image of SMACS 0723 only took 12.5 hours total. Hubble’s Ultra-Deep Field image took 277.8 hours, scheduled over several months. Due to Hubble’s close orbit of Earth, it was limited by Earth getting in the way and other issues, forcing multiple imaging sessions. JWST is a million miles from Earth, so it doesn’t have these limitations.

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