Decades of work, $10 billion in spending and nearly 14 billion years of cosmic history have brought us to this moment: the first science from the largest and most powerful observatory ever built...
Breathtaking pictures that include the deepest-ever infrared view of ancient galaxies offer a preview of the spectacular science in store for the most powerful space observatory in history...
Scientific American co-presents a discussion about the past, present and future of the James Webb Space Telescope
Sparkly Image of Neptune’s Rings Comes into View from JWST
See a stunning new view of Neptune’s rings and oddball moon Triton from the James Webb Space Telescope
JWST’s First Exoplanet Images Forecast a Bright Future
The James Webb Space Telescope’s snapshots of a giant world orbiting another star show that the observatory is performing even better than expected and that its best exoplanet images are yet to come...
JWST’s First Glimpses of Early Galaxies Could Break Cosmology
The James Webb Space Telescope’s first images of the distant universe shocked astronomers. Is the discovery of unimaginably distant galaxies a mirage or a revolution?
How Taking Pictures of ‘Nothing’ Changed Astronomy
Deep-field images of “empty” regions of the sky from Webb and other space telescopes are revealing more of the universe than we ever thought possible
The Webb Telescope Captures a Stunning View of the Cartwheel Galaxy
Webb sees through dust and gas into regions out of reach of optical telescopes such as Hubble, revealing new galaxy views
Behold, Some Hidden Gems from JWST’s First Images
Astronomers and the public alike are delighting in the glittering depths of the universe revealed by the James Webb Space Telescope
Webb’s Record-Breaking First Image Shows Why We Build Telescopes
A new galaxy-packed picture from the James Webb Space Telescope offers a chance to rekindle our wonder about the universe
Meet the Woman Who Makes the James Webb Space Telescope Work
Jane Rigby, Webb’s operations project scientist, discusses how NASA plans to wring as much science as possible from the $10-billion observatory
James Webb Space Telescope Set to Study Two Strange Super-Earths
Space agency officials promise to deliver geology results from worlds dozens of light-years away
A Stunning Image Shows Stars Aligned for the James Webb Space Telescope
With its mirrors now focused, the observatory’s science instruments are now being readied for work
The James Webb Space Telescope Could Solve One of Cosmology’s Deepest Mysteries
The observatory’s unprecedented infrared measurements might at last bridge a growing rift between astronomers over how fast the universe is expanding
Webb Telescope Reaches Its Final Destination Far from Earth
The ambitious observatory has arrived at its home—near a gravitationally stable spot called L2—for a premier view of the universe
Landmark Webb Observatory Is Now Officially a Telescope
The observatory has flawlessly unfurled its mirrors and sunshield—although more steps are needed before the science can begin
James Webb Space Telescope Completes Crucial Sunshield Deployment
The successful unfurling of the five-layered, tennis court-sized assemblage is a major milestone for the new observatory
The James Webb Space Telescope Has Launched: Now Comes the Hard Part
After years of delay, the most ambitious observatory ever built has at last left Earth. It now faces a high-stakes series of deployments in deep space
What Is a Lagrange Point?
NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope will travel to a special spot where the gravity from Earth and the sun is balanced
At Long Last, the James Webb Space Telescope Is Ready for Launch
The long-delayed successor to the Hubble Space Telescope is set to take flight in December
New Revelations Raise Pressure on NASA to Rename the James Webb Space Telescope
E-mailed exchanges show the space agency’s internal struggle to address pleas to change the controversial name of its latest, greatest observatory
The Nail-Biting Journey of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope Is About to Begin
Before it can study the first stars and galaxies, the observatory must endure a sea voyage, a rocket launch and an all-or-nothing deployment sequence in deep space
NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope Will Face ‘29 Days on the Edge’
The observatory must complete about 50 major deployments after liftoff
The James Webb Space Telescope Needs to Be Renamed
The successor to the Hubble currently honors a man who acquiesced to homophobic government policies during the 1950s and 1960s
The James Webb Space Telescope’s First Year of Extraordinary Science Has Been Revealed
From more than 1,000 proposals, the scientists that hoped to perform the observatory’s historic first studies now know their fate
What Will NASA’s Biggest-Ever Space Telescope Study First?
To fully utilize the long-awaited James Webb Space Telescope, researchers will have to squeeze a generation of scientific studies into the multibillion-dollar observatory’s short lifetime...
Mirror on the Cosmos: NASA's Next Big Telescope Takes Shape
After more than 20 years the giant mirror of the James Webb Space Telescope is finally complete
Origami Observatory: Behind the Scenes with the Webb Space Telescope
NASA is building an innovative and risky space telescope that promises to surpass the hugely successful Hubble. Here's an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the most audacious space project in decades...