The new James Webb image shows us what happens when two galaxies collide. and it’s spectacular

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While the first batch of data from the James Webb Telescope (JWST) continues to deliver news, the space agencies responsible for the device have published a new image captured by the telescope’s sensors. This time the galaxy of the car has been the main protagonist, and again the image has not disappointed.

In high definition.
the new image It allows us to distinguish different elements of the Wagon Galaxy, including individual stars, nebulae in which new stars are forming within it, and even new details about the black hole at the core of the galaxy.

This implies an improvement with respect to the images that were already available, mainly those obtained with instruments such as the hubble telescope or the orbital observatory Chandra X-ray.

A mystery to clarify.
The observations made so far have not solved many of the mysteries of this galaxy due to the large amount of dust that hides some of its regions. Experts trust that obtaining images of the infrared spectrum will resolve some of these doubts since the stellar dust does not hide the passage of light at these frequencies.

The best way to understand the amazing first photograph taken by the James Webb is this video

The Chariot galaxy.
The galaxy captured in this new Webb image is known as the Chariot galaxy. Located about 500 million light years from us, it differs from the Milky Way in its shape, in which two concentric rings stand out.

This shape has to do with the galaxy’s own history, the result of the collision between a spiral galaxy (similar to the Milky Way) and a smaller one. The spiral arms of the galaxy are still visible in the image. The rings are one of the effects of the impact, and they spread out into the galaxy like ripples on a water surface. The Chariot is a galaxy instead because the effects of the chain reaction caused by the collision still linger.

The inner ring contains mostly dust with some areas containing large young stars. The outer ring has been sweeping in a large amount of gas that facilitates the formation of stars in its interior.


Image obtained by the JWST MIRI instrument. NASA/ESA/CSA.

Double image.
The image released by the space agencies was created by combining data collected by several JWST instruments, the Near Infrared Camera (NIRCam) and the Mid Infrared Instrument (MIRI). The image of this last instrument has also been published by the European Space Agency.

In the composite image, the orange and yellow blue tones correspond to the photo obtained by NIRCam, while the reddish tones correspond to the information obtained through MIRI.

Experts continue to analyze data.
The days when the James Webb brings news seem to outnumber the days when it doesn’t. In addition to these images, in recent weeks the orbiting telescope has broken the record several times with the observation of the oldest and most distant galaxies from ours. And all while experts from around the world are still analyzing the first batch of data offered by this telescope.

Just a few months after its entry into operation, the telescope has given much to talk about, also due to the occasional scare that involved doubts about its potential. But for now JWST continues to give us new materials both astronomers and the rest of the curious throughout the world.

Pictures | NASA/ESA/CSA

While the first batch of data from the James Webb Telescope (JWST) continues to deliver news, the space agencies responsible…

While the first batch of data from the James Webb Telescope (JWST) continues to deliver news, the space agencies responsible…

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