James Webb Space Telescope opens its eyes on the Universe

The James Webb Space Telescope, the most powerful ever sent into orbit

Distant galaxies, bright nebulae and a faraway giant gas planet are among the observatory's first targets

 the images themselves have been jealously guarded to build suspense ahead of the big reveal.

NASA chief Bill Nelson has promised the "deepest image of our Universe that has ever been taken."

Webb's infrared capabilities are what make it uniquely powerful—allowing it to both pierce through cosmic dust clouds and detect light from the earliest stars

This lets it peer further back in time than any previous telescope, to the period shortly after the Big Bang, 13.8 billion years ago.

An international committee decided the first wave of images would include the Carina Nebula

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