Can the James Webb telescope see the past?

On July 12, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) made history by releasing its debut image: a jewel-filled photo that has been touted as the deepest picture of the universe ever taken.

Except that they see further through space than any other observatory before it, James Webb Space Telescope has another trick for its mirrors: it can see further back in time than any other telescope, observing distant stars and galaxies as they appeared 13.5 billion years ago, not long after the dawn of the universe as we know it.