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James Webb telescope reveals the 'bones' of a distant galaxy in stunning new image - Livescience.com

James Webb telescope reveals the 'bones' of a distant galaxy in stunning new image - Livescience.com

James Webb telescope reveals the 'bones' of a distant galaxy in stunning new image - Livescience.com
Sep 29, 2022 1 min, 22 secs

A new photo taken by the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has revealed the hidden gaseous "bone" structure of a distant galaxy — and it's absolutely spectacular.

The 66,000 light-year-wide galaxy — roughly two-thirds the size of our Milky Way — was also imaged in the past by the Hubble Space Telescope.

But Hubble can’t see in the infrared region of the electromagnetic spectrum, whereas the James Webb Space Telescope can.

"The Hubble image shows dark regions that seem to separate the spiral arms, whereas the Webb image shows more of a continual tangle of structures that echo the spiral arms' shape," representatives of the European Space Agency (ESA), which captured the new image, wrote in a statement.

—Stunningly perfect 'Einstein ring' captured by James Webb space telescope.

—Jupiter glows in stunning new James Webb telescope images.

The JWST is the most advanced space telescope ever built, with the ability to peek inside the atmospheres of far-away exoplanets and read the earliest chapter of the universe's history in its faintest glimmers of light — which have been stretched to infrared frequencies from billions of years of travel across the expanding fabric of space-time.

To name just a few, the telescope has captured stunning images of cartwheel galaxies; Einstein rings; Orion's sword; Neptune's ghostly halo; and the deepest image of the universe ever produced.

In the case of IC 5332, ESA scientists hope that by comparing the Hubble and JWST images of the distant galaxy, they can learn more about the galaxy’s composition and structure, as well as how these may translate to more general patterns witnessed across all spiral galaxies.


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