The cosmic cliffs of a stellar nursery, a quintet of galaxies bound in a celestial dance:

the James Webb Space Telescope released its next wave of images on 

July 12, heralding a new era of astronomy. 

Every image is a new discovery," said NASA administrator Bill Nelson

Each will give humanity a view of the universe that we've never seen before."

Released one by one, the new images demonstrated the full power of the $10 billion observatory

which uses infrared cameras to gaze into the distant universe in unprecedented clarity.

On July 11, Webb revealed the clearest image to date of the early universe, going back 13 billion years.