NASA released images of the Tarantula Nebula from the Webb Telescope – Space – Science and technology


The American space agency NASA has published another image taken by the James Webb Space Telescope.

, 08.09.2022 12:00

The device captured the nebula, which is home to the hottest and heaviest known stars. The Tarantula Nebula is “only 161,000 light-years” from Earth, NASA writes.

It lies in the Large Magellanic Cloud galaxy and got its name from the clouds of dust and gas that resemble a spider. It is the largest and brightest star birth region in the local group of galaxies, which includes our Milky Way.

The image captures a region spanning 340 light-years, including where new stars are born. The Webb telescope has revealed tens of thousands of previously unseen young stars that were previously shrouded in cosmic dust. In the image, these hot and heavy objects glow pale blue.

Despite the fact that mankind has looked up to the stars for several millennia, their birth is still a process shrouded in mystery. This is also due to the fact that we were not able to take sharp pictures of this stellar manger before, writes NASA. She posted images from Webb’s predecessor, the Hubble Telescope, on Twitter for comparison.

“The Webb telescope has already begun to reveal the previously unseen universe and is just beginning to rewrite the knowledge about the birth of stars,” adds the space agency.

The ten billion dollar James Webb Telescope is a project of NASA and partners from the European Space Agency ESA and Canada’s CSA. The device was launched into space last December 25 by the Ariane 5 rocket from the Kourou Cosmodrome in French Guiana. It is the most powerful space telescope to date. It has been observing the universe from a distance of 1.5 million kilometers from Earth since January of this year.


Source: Pravda – Veda a technika by vat.pravda.sk.

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