The James Webb Space Telescope released a new mid-infrared view of the Pillars of Creation on Friday.
The image allowed scientists to see the amount of cosmic dust – needed to create stars – in the region.
Additional images released this month include the pair of galaxies VV 191 and cosmic dust that looks like tree rings.
The James Webb Space Telescope released a new mid-infrared view of the “pillars of creation” on Friday, revealing two types of stars and giving researchers the chance to study cosmic dust in the massive columns of gas.
The new photos included a cluster of stars 5.6 billion light-years away. Light from the MACS0647-JD system is bent and amplified by the massive gravity of the MACS0647 galaxy cluster.
Earlier this month, the latest photos from the “Pillars of Creation” were released, revealing a sky filled with stars previously invisible to fainter telescopes.
A side-by-side comparison shows the additional detail revealed by the James Webb Space Telescope, compared to the 2014 Hubble Space Telescope image.
Cosmic dust in the sky has created a ripple that looks like tree rings, visible around Wolf-Rayet 140, a binary star system.
Near-infrared light from Webb and ultraviolet and visible light from Hubble show “interacting” galaxies that are actually very far away.