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A work of art: UTSA professor describes new worlds captured by Webb telescope

A work of art: UTSA professor describes new worlds captured by Webb telescope

The Southern Ring Nebula was explored in unrivaled detail by the James Webb Space Telescope.

JULY 26, 2022 — “A work of art.” That’s how UTSA professor Chris Packham described the incredible new images captured by the James Webb Space Telescope.

Earlier this month, Packham, an astrophysics professor in the UTSA Department of Physics and Astronomy, and others from around the world experienced history as NASA shared the first images from the Webb, the largest and most powerful telescope in (and out of) the world.

“This is totally transformative,” Packham said. “We’ll have to change the way we ‘do’ science.”

In this video, Packham talks shares what the Webb telescope has uncovered. His detailed account of images such as the Carina Nebula, which he describes as a work of art, is a reminder that how one looks at the sky has forever changed.





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