Image of the murky depths of the universe, taken by NASA's James Webb Space Telescope, is revealed - and it promises to shed light on some of the most distant galaxies in space.
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NASA has released more photos, showing “a dying star cloaked by dust and layers of light” from the James Webb Space Telescope.
The space Gaency stated that: “The new details from Webb will transform our understanding of how stars evolve and influence their environments.”
"Every image is a new discovery. This is just the type of imagery that will allow us to see the universe in a way we haven't done before," NASA Administrator Bill Nelson stated.
The Southern Ring Nebula is 2,000 light-years away from us.
On Wednesday, NASA released the photo of Stephan’s Quidet which is a cluster of five galaxies. This "enormous mosaic," according to NASA, covers about one-fifth of the moon’s diameter and is Webb’s largest image so far.
“It contains over 150 million pixels and is constructed from almost 1,000 separate image files.”
This compact galaxy group, which was first discovered in 1787, is located 290 million light-years away in the constellation of Pegasus. NASA says that the four galaxies are in a "dance of repeated close encounters."
Meanwhile, yet another stunning image from the Webb telescope reveals for the first time previously invisible areas of star birth – the Carina Nebula, located 7,600 light-years away.
Nasa stated that: “Called the Cosmic Cliffs, Webb’s seemingly three-dimensional picture looks like craggy mountains on a moonlit evening. In reality, it is the edge of the giant, gaseous cavity within NGC 3324, and the tallest ‘peaks’ in this image are about 7 light-years high. The cavernous area has been carved from the nebula by the intense ultraviolet radiation and stellar winds from extremely massive, hot, young stars located in the center of the bubble, above the area shown in this image.”
NASA administrator, Bill Nelson, reacted to the first images from the next-generation NASA telescope and told reporters that the Webb “represents the best of NASA."
“It maintains our ability to propel us forward for science, for risk-taking, for inspiration. We don’t want to ever stop exploring the heavens or stop daring to take another step forward for humanity.”
The telescope captured the distinct signature of water on a huge gas planet that orbits a star 1,150 light-years away from Earth, NASA revealed on Tuesday.
NASA has uncovered the water signature of a planet, as well as other molecules in the atmosphere, orbiting a distant star similar in spectral type to our Sun. The name of the exoplanet is WAP.
The Hubble telescope has many great images but this one is the most detailed of its kind to date. The telescope’s amazing ability at analyzing atmospheres of distant stars has been confirmed. NASA described it as “the dawn of a new era."
Recently, the President of the US Joe Biden released one of the first images from the Webb telescope. This was a deep and sharp infrared image which is reportedly some of its best work to date.
This image was only captured earlier this year of galaxy cluster 0723, seen billions of years ago from now. It's a massive group of clusters that act like a magnifying glass for things behind them.
A slice of the universe that seems large to us could be as small as a grain of sand in the larger universe.