NASA's James Webb Telescope Unveils the Universe Like We've Never Seen Before

NASA's James Webb Telescope Unveils the Universe Like We've Never Seen Before

At first glance, the first image from NASA's new James Webb Space Telescope may not seem all that remarkable. But in reality, what appears to be tiny specks in space are actually galaxies — billions of years old.

"If you held a grain of sand on the tip of your finger at arms length, that is the part of the universe you are seeing  

just one little speck of the universe," NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said of the image on Monday. 

And more than that, what's picked up in this image are some of the very first galaxies to form in the universe. 

More images captured by the James Webb Space Telescope should be able to reveal which galaxies in the far, far distance are habitable, Nelson said. 

The White House, along with NASA, revealed the first of a series of pictures from the telescope since it's launch from Earth more than six months ago. 

President Biden called Monday's reveal "a historic day." NASA had planned to release the picture today as part of a collection of the first

scientific results, but determined the image is so dramatic that Biden should be the one to reveal it to the world. 

The $10 billion James Webb Space Telescope is the most sophisticated observatory ever launched. It left Earth last December.