About the Object

Constellation: Fornax
Category: Galaxies


Position (RA):3 32 36.51
Position (Dec):-27° 47' 33.74"
Field of view:4.59 x 3.50 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 61.0° left of vertical

Crop of the GOODS-S field: JADES (NIRCam image, clean)

The infrared image shown here was taken as part of the JADES programme (the JWST Advanced Deep Extragalactic Survey) and shows a portion of an area of the sky known as GOODS-South.

This region was the focus area of Webb study for an international team of astronomers, who observed the chemical signature of carbon-rich dust grains at redshift ~7. This is roughly equivalent to one billion years after the birth of the Universe. Similar observational signatures have been observed in the much more recent Universe, attributed to complex, carbon-based molecules known as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). It is not thought likely, however, that PAHs would have developed within the first billion years of cosmic time. Therefore, this observation suggests the exciting possibility that Webb may have observed a different species of carbon-based molecule: possibly minuscule graphite- or diamond-like grains produced by the earliest stars or supernovae. This observation suggests exciting avenues of investigation into both the production of cosmic dust and the earliest stellar populations in our Universe, and was made possible by Webb’s unprecedented sensitivity.

In this image, blue, green, and red were assigned to Webb’s NIRCam (Near-Infrared Camera) data at 0.9, 1.15, and 1.5 microns; 2.0, 2.77, and 3.55 microns; and 3.56, 4.1, and 4.44 microns (F090W, F115W, and F150W; F200W, F277W, and F335M; and F356W, F410M, and F444W), respectively.

[Image description: The image shows a deep galaxy field, featuring thousands of galaxies of various shapes and sizes.]


ESA/Webb, NASA, ESA, CSA, B. Robertson (UC Santa Cruz), B. Johnson (Center for Astrophysics, Harvard & Smithsonian), S. Tacchella (University of Cambridge, M. Rieke (Univ. of Arizona), D. Eisenstein (Center for Astrophysics, Harvard & Smithsonian), A. Pagan (STScI)

About the Image

Id: weic2317c
Type: Observation
Release date: 19 July 2023, 17:00
Related releases: weic2317
Size: 2211 x 1685 px

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