NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has captured a stunning new image of one of the most recognizable objects in the night sky.
Over the weekend, a $10 billion orbital probe captured the inner region of the Orion Nebula in all its glory.
Located about 1,300 light-years from Earth, the massive dust cloud spans 30-40 light-years.
New images from James Webb – the most advanced telescope ever seen – show more of the famous nebula than ever before.
And he hides a big secret – hidden inside are newborn stars wrapped in cocoons of dust and gas.
“We were amazed by the stunning images of the Orion Nebula,” said Els Peters, an astrophysicist at Western University in Ontario and one of the Canadian collaborators at JWST.
“We started this project in 2017, so we’ve been waiting over five years to get this data.”
One of the most photographed objects in the sky is the Orion Nebula, a massive cloud of gas and dust – one of many in the known universe.
Matter cocoons give birth to stars and have revealed much about the formation process of stars and planetary systems.
While scientists have been studying the nebula for decades, James Webb offers an opportunity to see it in a new light.
The images, published on September 11, show stars in different stages of development with greater clarity than ever before.
They also give a more detailed look at the “filaments” and gas clouds that astronomers believe are the birthplaces of stars.
Scientists hope to use James Webb’s observations to dig deeper into the formation of stars and ultimately how our universe came to be.
“These new observations allow us to better understand how massive stars transform the gas and dust cloud in which they were born,” Peters said.
“Massive young stars emit large amounts of ultraviolet radiation directly into the original cloud that still surrounds them, and this changes the cloud’s physical shape as well as its chemical composition.
“How precisely this works, and how it affects further formation of stars and planets is not yet known.”
NASA released the first images of our universe from James Webbwhich is roughly half the size of a 747, in July.
Since then, the telescope has captured stunning snapshots of supernovae, the outer planets, and the northern and southern lights of Jupiter.
James Webb, built with the help of the European Space Agency, can see into space deeper than any telescope before it.
This allows it to effectively look into the past by viewing the light that took billions of years to reach our planet.
Scientists hope that these observations will expand our understanding of the early universe.
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