Interact and explore stunning astronomy imagery contextually in the sky within a digital universe provided by WorldWide Telescope. Menus in the upper right corner will allow you to change the background imagery and adjust the foreground image opacity. On select interactives, you can explore different images as well as toggle various filters and colors using the menu on the upper left. Have fun exploring!
- 33 years of Hubble
The Hubble Space Telescope launched on April 24th, 1990 has made remarkable discoveries and captured breathtaking images of the universe. Its scientific achievements include uncovering strong evidence that galaxies are embedded in halos of dark matter, refining our understanding of the universe’s age and expansion, and capturing images of stars’ birth and death.
- James Webb Space Telescope Image Collection
The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has begun observing the universe in its first year of data collection. Explore all the JWST images released so far in context of the night sky and check back for updates as new observations are released.
- Messier 16: Pillars of Creation
The James Webb Space Telescope has captured a lush, highly detailed landscape – the iconic Pillars of Creation – where new stars are forming within dense clouds of gas and dust. The three-dimensional pillars look like majestic rock formations, but are far more permeable. These columns are made up of cool interstellar gas and dust that appear – at times – semi-transparent in near-infrared light. These can be compared to the visible and infrared imagery observed by the Hubble Space Telescope.
- NGC 6357: The Lobster Nebula
This image, taken by astronomers using the US Department of Energy-fabricated Dark Energy Camera on the Víctor M. Blanco 4-meter Telescope at Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory, a Program of NSF’s NOIRLab, captures the star-forming nebula NGC 6357, which is located 8000 light-years away in the direction of the constellation Scorpius. This image reveals bright, young stars surrounded by billowing clouds of dust and gas inside NGC 6357, which is also known as the Lobster Nebula.
- James Webb Space Telescope: First Images
View the first images from the world’s largest and most powerful space telescope, released on July 12, 2022. Explore several views of Stephan's Quintet, SMACS 0723, the Southern Ring Nebula, and the Carina Nebula from the James Webb Space Telescope as it begins its mission to unfold the infrared universe.
- 30 Doradus: The Tarantula Nebula
Thousands of never-before-seen young stars are spotted in a stellar nursery called 30 Doradus, captured by the NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope. Nicknamed the Tarantula Nebula for the appearance of its dusty filaments in previous telescope images, the nebula has long been a favourite for astronomers studying star formation. In addition to young stars, Webb reveals distant background galaxies, as well as the detailed structure and composition of the nebula’s gas and dust.
- CEERS Epoch 1: Wide View of Early Universe.
Two new images from NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope show what may be among the earliest galaxies ever observed. Both images include objects from more than 13 billion years ago, and one offers a much wider field of view than Webb’s First Deep Field image, which was released amid great fanfare July 12. The images represent some of the first out of a major collaboration of astronomers and other academic researchers teaming with NASA and global partners to uncover new insights about the universe.
- The Cartwheel Galaxy: Interacting Galaxies
Explore the Cartwheel Galaxy with a composite picture in both near-infrared and mid-infrared taken by the James Webb Space Telescope. The Cartwheel Galaxy is a result of a galactic collision that occurred about 400 million years ago. The shockwave from the collision has pushed gas out from the center to create a ring of star formation around the galaxy.
- Messier 74 (NGC 628): The Phantom Galaxy
Interact with the Phantom Galaxy in different wavelengths of infrared light with imagery from the James Webb Space Telescope. The infrared images reveal the very detailed gas and dust spiral arms of the galaxy. Toggle different filters and adjust color and opacity to explore the Phantom Galaxy’s complexity.
- NGC 3324: Star-forming region in the Carina Nebula
The James Webb Space Telescope’s view of the Carina Nebula captures the edge of a giant cavity in space that has been carved out by the intense radiation of young stars. This radiation is also slowly eroding away the gaseous cliffs. Adjust filters and colors to view details of the gas and stars forming within.