Space Draft: Webb Telescope Photo Rankings

Photo: nasa.gov

An absolute banner day for space nerds like us here at Untimed Down.

NASA finally released first images from the James Webb Space Telescope, which they describes as “the world’s largest and most powerful space telescope…ready to begin its mission to unfold the infrared universe.” Goosebumps.

We’ve all likely seen the four images released by now, if not you can find them here. But the real question is, who’s number one?

Our draft board is below:

4. Stephan’s Quintet

Draft Analysis: solid prospect, decent vision. While this is an incredible picture of a bundle of five completely separate galaxies, have to say the wow factor isn’t 100% there.

3. SMACS 0723

Draft Analysis: major pro is that this looks like a poster from every stoner from the 70’s bedroom. Lot of pop here, the versatility of color and shape makes this pick a high ceiling selection. Only downside to consdier is the name projects some potential off field issues.

2. Southern Ring Nebula

Draft Analysis: this one looks the part. When you think of groundbreaking intergalactic imaging, this is it. If the shining star in the middle isn’t enough for you, the spectrum of color would make any team crave that kind of utility.

1. Carina Nebula

Draft Analysis: an absolute, sure fire hall of famer here. A star forming region that looks like the most beautiful mountain range you’ve ever seen? Get out of town. There was never a doubt this nebula was going at the top of our draft; a flawless prospect that checks off all boxes when considering cosmic imaging.

All we can do at this point is enjoy these remarkable scientific portraits until we get the next round, which can’t come soon enough. If we don’t want to do that, we can always embrace debate and argue over which picture is best. Either way, sign me up for the first available shuttle to see these locales in person.