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James Webb Space Telescope Captures Cartwheel Galaxy - See Pics
NASA and its collaborators on the James Webb Space Telescope shared even more stunning images from the observatory.
They provided a new look at the Cartwheel Galaxy, which Hubble and other telescopes had previously seen.
In addition, NASA stated that JWST was able to provide new information about star formation and the black
holes at the center, which are approximately 500 million light-years from Earth.
JWST used an infrared light detector to see through the dust that blocked the view of the Cartwheel Galaxy.
The image in the following few slides is a composite of JWST's Near-Infrared Camera (NIRCam) and Mid-Infrare
d Instrument (MIRI).
These regions formed several spiraling spokes, which led to the naming of the Cartwheel Galaxy.
A collision between a large, spiral galaxy and one smaller created the Cartwheel Galaxy.
It has two rings: a bright outer ring and one that is colorful. Since the collision, the
outer ring has been expanding for around 440 million years.
NASA stated that the interior ring contained "a tremendous amount" of hot dust. As a result, the areas with the most star formation are home to size
able young star clusters.
Supernovas and star formation are also found in the outer ring. Star formation occurs when the outer ring expands and hits surrounding gases.
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