President Biden will reveal the first James Webb Space Telescope image at 5PM today

NASA has decided to release the first image from the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) today, rather than waiting until tomorrow as planned, it announced in a tweet. President Joe Biden will honor himself at 5 p.m. ET, with a live stream of the event available on NASA TV and images simultaneously available on NASA’s website.

The anticipation for the first pictures has built up to say the least. NASA fueled this on Friday by announcing targets to be shown, including the Carina and southern ring nebulae, gas exoplanet WASP-96b, and a deep-field view of galaxy cluster SMACS 0723. So far, only a select group of scientists and administrators have taken the pictures viewed. “What I saw moved me as a scientist, as an engineer, and as a person,” said NASA Deputy Administrator Pam Melroy.

It appears that only a single image will be unveiled today, but NASA hasn’t said which one. The remainder are due to arrive tomorrow, beginning at 9:45 a.m. with comments from NASA and Webb leadership. This will be followed by live coverage of the image release scheduled for 10:30 a.m. ET on NASA TV, YouTube, Facebook, TwitterTwitch and DailyMotion.

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