President Joe Biden unveiled the first images from the James Webb telescope Monday afternoon depicting the galaxy cluster SMACS 0723. The collection of images was dubbed " Webb's first Deep Field."
The concept for the James Webb telescope was first made in September of 1989. From there on, it would grow to be one of NASA's most expensive projects racking up about 10 billion dollars.
The images taken by the Webb telescope depict multiple galaxies and stars from 4.6 billion years ago. The reasoning we are only seeing past images from a time long ago is due to great distance. It takes the speed of light an astronomical amount of time to reach the Webb satellite.
A good comparison for how much of the sky you are seeing through these infrared lens stands when a grain of sand is placed on the finger and extended towards the sky. These images are ground-breaking and open up many doors for future space exploration.