An astrophysicist explains the first JWST science images

The first science images from JWST are absolutely spectacular, but what are we seeing in them and what can learn from them? I’ve been at the National Astronomy Meeting at the University of Warwick all week with 500 of my fellow astronomers, and we’ve been geeking out over the images together – plus getting our hands on some of the first raw data to come off the telescope to see what we can find.

More on the James Webb Space Telescope:
Hear from Dr Sarah Kendrew from the MIRI instrument development team:

See all the early release science project descriptions and proposals here, the data from which is now public:

All raw JWST data that has been made public is accessed via MAST:

For PNGs and/or TIFFs of these images hesd to:

Keep up-to-date with all things JWST on the NASA blog:

00:00 – Introduction
00:28 – Carina Nebula
03:38 – Stephan’s Quintet
06:49 – Southern Ring Nebula
08:45 – SMACS 0723
12:28 – WASP-96 b
15:36 – New JWST merch to celebrate
16:14 – Bloopers

👕 My new merch is available here (with worldwide shipping!):

📚 My new book, “A Brief History of Black Holes”, out NOW in hardback, e-book and audiobook (which I narrated myself!):
📚 Note, USA & Canada hardback out 1st November 2022

🎧 Royal Astronomical Society Podcast that I co-host:

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👩🏽‍💻 I’m Dr. Becky Smethurst, an astrophysicist at the University of Oxford (Christ Church). I love making videos about science with an unnatural level of enthusiasm. I like to focus on how we know things, not just what we know. And especially, the things we still don’t know. If you’ve ever wondered about something in space and couldn’t find an answer online – you can ask me! My day job is to do research into how supermassive black holes can affect the galaxies that they live in. In particular, I look at whether the energy output from the disk of material orbiting around a growing supermassive black hole can stop a galaxy from forming stars.



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