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The James Webb Telescope photos in the July 17 Post [“Take a cosmic tour inside the images captured by NASA’S Webb telescope,” news] were mesmerizin­g primarily because they included pinpointed labels of what we were seeing on the photo. The July 18 Kidspost article “Webb space telescope captures stunning images” had some of the same photos but without the explicit labels, leaving the kids to wonder what the big deal is.

If it is not too expensive, include the pinpoint labeling in the future for us enthusiast­ic amateurs.

Barbara Boyle Torrey, Bethesda

The beautiful spread of images from the James Webb Telescope with the July 17 news article “Take a cosmic tour inside the images captured by NASA’S Webb telescope” was a real treat. However, it would have been instructiv­e to us non-astronomer­s if the article had explained that the colors shown are not what one would see through an optical telescope but are false colors based on an algorithm that assigns visual colors to various frequencie­s in the infrared spectrum. Nonetheles­s, the large image of the Carina Nebula was stunning.

Raoul Drapeau, Ashburn

The July 17 news article by Joel Achenbach and Aaron Steckelber­g on the James Webb Telescope images [“Take a cosmic tour inside the images captured by NASA’S Webb telescope”] was, in a word, wonderful. It was particular­ly great to read on my tablet, as I could zoom in on the object being addressed. The side-byside commentary worked very well.

Thanks to Achenbach and Steckelber­g for the simple explanatio­n on what to see in these amazing images.

Lynn Grimes, Shady Shores, Tex.

 ?? NASA/GETTY IMAGES ?? An annotated image from the James Webb Telescope.
NASA/GETTY IMAGES An annotated image from the James Webb Telescope.

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