PANTONE Condenses NASA’s Stunning James Webb Images Into Color Palettes
By Mikelle Leow, 27 Jul 2022
It’s been a stellar month for NASA and space enthusiasts, as the world caught a glimpse of the first official images from the James Webb Space Telescope, revealing the sharpest look at the universe yet.
The pictures are a colossal jump from those taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, so you can’t blame scientists for getting emotional over the results. NASA has been so moved by the crispness and vibrancy of the images, it’s enlisted PANTONE to capture their colors into solid swatches.
Through the high-definition shots, the imagery “[communicates] every phase of 13.5 billion years of cosmic history—from within our solar system to the most distant observable galaxies in the early universe to everything in between,” the color authority explains on LinkedIn. Much of this remains beyond humans’ depth of understanding. What we can comprehend, though, is the powerful language of color.
As users have pointed out, these snapshots are imaged by humans and only depict hues that the human eye can see; imagine an entire universe of cosmic colors we haven’t experienced yet. Some of the colors are ironically labeled with earthly names like ‘Adobe’, ‘Marina’, ‘Dutch Canal’, and ‘Cedar Wood’, which kind of proves that point.
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