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15 hilarious memes as the internet reacts to James Webb Telescope’s sharpest image of the universe

On 12 July 2022, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) shared the deepest and sharpest infrared image of the distant universe to date—documented by its James Webb Space Telescope. Dubbed as the world’s most powerful space telescope, Webb captured the stunning picture in less than a day, while similar images from the Hubble Space Telescope (which was launched into low Earth orbit in 1990) can reportedly take weeks.

“If you held a grain of sand to the sky at arm’s length, that speck is the size of Webb’s view here,” NASA captioned its post on Instagram. “Imagine—galaxies galore within a grain!” The organisation also reminded how this isn’t the farthest back we’ve seen into the universe either. ⁣”Non-infrared missions like COBE & WMAP saw the universe closer to the Big Bang (about 380,000 years after), when there was microwave background radiation, but no stars or galaxies. Webb sees a few 100 million years after,” it explained.

As NASA continued to release more pictures from the series of first images captured by Webb, President Biden remarked, “These images are going to remind the world that America can do big things, and remind the American people—especially our children—that there’s nothing beyond our capacity. We can see possibilities no one has ever seen before. We can go places no one has ever gone before.”

Well, as it turns out, among emotional wallpaper edits and humbling existential crises, the internet did see possibilities in the marvellous images and went places no one has ever gone before… in meme culture. Here are 15 of the best memes that shook the internet following Webb’s first iconic image of the universe.

1. Come on and slam, and welcome to the jam!

2. We’ve been living in a 90s arcade all along

3. Hubble can never

4. The time has come

5. Conspiracy theorists are quaking

6. Reminds me of the time the internet anthropomorphised a black hole into an anime girl

7. Okay, this one’s a beautiful analogy

8. I’d like to believe this image was an emotional moment for everyone

9. Best use of the template yet

10. Nothing a bit of zooming and enhancing can’t fix

11. Tough break

12. Hubble just needs some space, okay?

13. Coming to stores near you in three weeks

14. Throwback to the Tumblr era

15. Show the others some love too!