The James-Webb telescope takes us deep into the Tarantula Nebula

The James-Webb telescope takes us deep into the Tarantula Nebula

The James-Webb telescope takes us deep into the Tarantula Nebula

The great Tarantula Nebula, located just 160,000 light years from the Milky Way in the dwarf galaxy of the Large Magellanic Cloud, was detected by the James-Webb telescope. Here’s what we see there.

During the first two months of scientific activity, James Webb he has already amused us a lot with his remarks here JupiterIn the foreground exoplanet, etc. Among all of his targets, there are several spiral galaxies that passed in front of him eyes sensitive ininfrared. Each time, an extraordinary spectacle that reveals the clouds of gas and dust interconnected throughout the galaxy. The penetrating vision of JWST brings researchers closer to the deepest secrets ofUniverse.

The Tarantula Nebula detected by Nircam

With this new image, James-Webb reveals the hidden side of a nebula very active and relatively close to Earth: 30 Doradus, better known as the Tarantula Nebula. The reference tospider it derives from its evocative form when observed in the visible. However, as rightly illustrated by the NASA, it should rather be seen as a tarantula nest. More precisely, a tarantula lair lined with threads …

A den dug in the ground, because it is a cavity that we observe in the heart of the cloud. It is formed by the breath of thousands of stars concentrated in the cluster and visible in blue on the image of the Nircam instrument (near infrared camera). They are those young radiant stars full ofpower who are constantly rejecting the gangue of the matter they were born into, several tens of thousands of years ago.

What we see is therefore only part of the immense network of gas that crosses the entire galaxy, in this case a dwarf galaxy very close and in interaction with the Milky Waythe Large Magellanic Cloud.

The Tarantula Nebula in Miri’s eyes

On the other image of the same region, this time translated from mid-infrared observations made with Miri (James-Webb’s other camera), the star cluster is no longer visible. Instead, we can admire in unprecedented detail: how wonderful! – the findings in dark matter and cold that composes the vast cloud sculpted by the stars that hide there.

Since we were talking about a terrier, the space telescope here he reveals to us in some way the underground environment that underlies this very active region in our vicinity. Its dark and cloudy background, hence its interconnected filaments emerging stars. Also, if you look closely, you can see several “child” stars caught trying to get rid of theirs coat gas.

A new cosmic spectacle as suggestive as it is fascinating offered by telescope James Webb.

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