The best space photos of 2022

The “cosmic cliffs” are the edge of a nearby young star-forming region called NGC 3324 in the Carina Nebula. It was one of the first images released by NASA from the James Webb Space Telescope in July. The telescope’s infrared view reveals previously invisible star birth zones.

Images of Jupiter taken by the telescope were so spectacular they surprised NASA scientists who were in awe of rainbow auroras, giant storms and distant galaxies on display.

Galaxy M74 shines brightly in this combined optical/mid-infrared image that features data from the Hubble Space Telescope and the James Webb Space Telescope.

In this mosaic image spanning 340 light-years in diameter, Webb’s Near Infrared Camera (NIRCam) shows the star-forming region of the Tarantula Nebula in a new light.

The Protostar L1527 is hidden in the neck of a dark hourglass-shaped cloud of gas and dust.


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