Nasa's new space telescope sees first starlight, takes selfie

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  • Saturday, 12 Feb 2022

In this undated image obtained from NASA on February 11, 2022, a mosaic created by pointing the Webb Telescope at a bright, isolated star in the constellation Ursa Major. - Star light, star bright, the James Webb Space Telescope has seen its first star (though it wasn't quite tonight) -- and even taken a selfie, NASA announced on February 11, 2022. The steps are part of the months-long process of aligning the observatory's enormous golden mirror that astronomers hope will begin unraveling the mysteries of the early Universe by this summer. The first picture sent back of the cosmos is far from stunning: 18 blurry white dots on a black background, all showing the same object: HD 84406 a bright, isolated star in the constellation Ursa Major. - AFP/NASA

CAPE CANAVERAL, United States (AP): Nasa’s new space telescope has captured its first starlight and even taken a selfie of its giant, gold mirror.

All 18 segments of the primary mirror on the James Webb Space Telescope seem to be working properly one-and-a-half months into the mission, officials said Friday.

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