Euclid: first images
July 31st, 2023
Euclid test image from the NISP instrument, showing the full field of view (FoV), with the zoom-in on the right (4% of NISP’s full field of view) demonstrating the extraordinary level of detail that NISP is already achieving. In the zoom image, which covers only about 10% the area of the full moon, we see spiral and elliptical galaxies, nearby and distant stars, star clusters, and much more. (Credit: ESA)

Euclid’s two instruments, VIS and NISP, have captured their first test images. This important milestone indicates that the telescope and instruments are working well. Euclid was launched on July 1, 2023, and will survey the dark Universe over nearly a third of the full sky, to illuminate the nature of dark energy and dark matter.

For more details, see this ESA news story.