The James Webb Space Telescope spotted the faintest, farthest galaxy to ever be discovered. The galaxy is named JD1 and lives about 13.3 billion light years away from Earth. The distance means that astronomers are viewing JD1 as it looked in its infancy, when it was just a few hundred million years old. Little is known about the formation of galaxies, and the discovery of JD1 has been instrumental in understanding how galaxies operate in their infancy and develop over time. The telescope utilized infrared instruments and gravitational lensing in order to spot JD1. This remarkable discovery is only one of the James Webb Space Telescope’s many astronomy feats since it launched last summer.
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