NASA scientists have published a new image of the most powerful James Webb telescope.
The newest space James Webb telescope sent another picture to Earth. The photo shows a galaxy called the Cartwheel.
The picture was published on the official page NASA.
Webb’s powerful infrared vision created this detailed image of the Cartwheel and two smaller companion galaxies against the backdrop of many other galaxies. The image provides new insights into how the Cartwheel Galaxy has changed over billions of years, scientists say.
The Cartwheel Galaxy is reportedly located about 500 million light-years away in the constellation Sculptor and is a rare sight. Its appearance, much like that of a wagon wheel, is the result of an intense collision event between a large spiral galaxy and a smaller galaxy.
The Cartwheel Galaxy has two rings – a bright inner and a colorful outer. Because of these distinctive features, astronomers call it “annular”. Galaxies of this type are less common than spiral galaxies, such as our own Milky Way.
Telescope “James Webb”: what is known about it
On December 25, 2021, NASA launched Webb telescope worth US$10 billion. The telescope was sent on a journey of 1.5 million kilometers. The telescope consists of 18 hexagonal mirror segments combined into one large mirror 6.4 meters wide.
The telescope was designed to look at the dim light of the earliest stars in the universe, which are about 13.8 billion years old.