NASA on Wednesday released an image of recently formed stars from the James Webb Space Telescope.
It captures the image of rising stars, glowing red within a billowing cloud of vapor and dust in the iconic constellation known as the “Pillars of Creation.”
He estimated that the purple protostars are a few hundred thousand years old, when the nodes in the cloud reach enough mass that they fall under their own gravity and gradually rise in temperature, according to a joint statement from the coalition behind the Webb telescope; which includes NASA, the European Space Agency and the Canadian Space Agency.
The scene was captured by the Webb telescope’s near-refraction camera, which provides the ability to detect light from the earliest stars and galaxies. The telescope released the public images from July last December.
In this case, the image depicts a location within the Eagle Nebula that is 6,500 light-years away, the statement said.
The image of the “columns of creation” will help researchers improve their understanding of star formation by identifying more precisely the star’s population than the amount of gas and dust in the region, the statement added.
The Pillars of Creation were first captured by the Hubble Space Telescope in 1995. Since that time, increasingly advanced telescopes have been trained on the starry sky.
The Webb Telescope is the largest, most powerful telescope ever launched into space, the joint said.
Images from the Webb Space Telescope show Jupiter and the Phantom Galaxy.
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