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Video: The James Webb Space Telescope and the Future of Deep Space Imagery

Infrared imagery has shown its value in many different respects: from keeping an eye on photosynthesis to lending a new perspective on a decades-long humanitarian disaster. But did you know that the future of outer space imagery also lies in infrared technology?

The James Webb Space Telescope, which is set to launch in 2018, is an infrared telescope that is primed to see much further than even Hubble ever could, piercing into the furthest reaches of our cosmos and answering questions we may not have even thought to ask yet.

Comparing Webb’s First Photos to What Hubble Saw

NASA has finally published the first colorized, full-resolution photos captured by the James Webb Space Telescope and the detail and resolution of the images is incredible, especially when compared to the images of these same cosmic objects captured by Hubble.

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Hubble Photographs a Glittering Star Cluster

Fans of astrophotography are currently feasting thanks to the James Webb Space Telescope, but Hubble isn't ready to be forgotten yet. Its latest capture is a gorgeous glittering star cluster in the constellation Sagittarius.