A rare sight. Telescope “James Webb” took a shining cartwheel: photo – news of Ukraine, Politics

The James Webb Space Telescope has taken pictures of the Cartwheel Galaxy, revealing new details about star formation and the galaxy’s central black hole. This is reported NASA.

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The telescope captured a detailed image of the Cartwheel and two smaller companion galaxies against the backdrop of many other galaxies.

The Cartwheel Galaxy, located about 500 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Sculptor, is a rare sight, NASA said.

Its wheel-like appearance is the result of a high-speed collision between a large spiral galaxy and a smaller galaxy not visible in this image.

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Collisions on a galactic scale cause a cascade of different, smaller events between the galaxies involved.

The collision most markedly affected the shape and structure of the Cartwheel.

The Cartwheel Galaxy has two rings that expand outward from the center of impact, like ripples in a pond after a stone is thrown into it. Because of these distinctive features, astronomers call it a “ring galaxy,” a structure less common than spiral galaxies such as the Milky Way.

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NASA noted that other telescopes, including the Hubble Space Telescope, have tried to explore the Cartwheel, but to no avail, as the galaxy is hidden by a nearly impenetrable layer of dust.

The Webb Telescope, with its ability to detect infrared light, has given researchers new insights into the nature of the Cartwheel.

Webb’s images show that the Cartwheel appears to have been a spiral galaxy before the collision, and will continue to transform.

Read also: The James Webb telescope showed a photo of Jupiter on its side

Natalia Medvedeva

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