The Best Space Photos of 2022

The “cosmic cliff” is the edge of a young star-forming region called NGC 3324 in the Carina Nebula. This is one of the first images NASA released from the James Webb Space Telescope in July. Telescope infrared views reveal previously unseen regions of star birth.

The telescope’s image of Jupiter was so spectacular it surprised NASA scientists, who were awed by the display of rainbow auroras, massive storms and distant galaxies.

The galaxy M74 is brightest in this combined optical/mid-infrared image with data from the Hubble Space Telescope and the James Webb Space Telescope.

Webb’s Near Infrared Camera (NIRCam) reveals the Tarantula Nebula’s star-forming region in new light in this mosaic image spanning 340 light-years.

Protostar L1527 hides in the neck of a dark, hourglass-shaped cloud of gas and dust.

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