The James Webb Space Telescope has spotted its first star and captured a selfie

The steps are part of the months-long process of aligning the observatory's enormous golden mirror

Astronomers hope that its mirror will begin unraveling the mysteries of the early Universe by this summer.

The first picture sent back of the cosmos is far from stunning: 18 blurry white dots on a black background, all showing the same object

This object is HD 84406 a bright, isolated star in the constellation Ursa Major.


The 18 dots were captured by the primary mirror's 18 individual segments

The image is now the basis for aligning and focusing those hexagonal pieces on the James Webb Space Telescope.