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
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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.