James Webb Telescope Transmits Absolutely Stunning Image of So-called 'Pillars of Creation'

Author: Clark Tos
2022-10-20 12:25:02

James Webb has just revealed an image of one of the most fascinating structures in space.

The image was eagerly awaited by astronomy enthusiasts and the least we can say is that it did not disappoint.

The telescope James Webb unveiled on Wednesday October 19 a magnificent photo of what is called “The Pillars of Creation”.

Located in our Milky Way about 7,000 light-years from Earth, in the heart of the Eagle Nebula, these huge structures of gas and dust are teeming with forming stars, whose fairy twinkle illuminates the whole, thus giving the impression of seeing orangeish columns rising up in the immensity of the cosmos.

“The Pillars of Creation” immortalized by the James Webb Telescope

First photographed by telescope Hubble on 1 is April 1995 (photo below, left), the structure fascinates scientists and this new image sheds light on its composition, thanks to the infrared capabilities of James Webb.

Photo credit: Hubble - James Webb / NASA

On this new shot, we can thus distinguish red areas at the end of the pillars. This is, according to the Naa , d’« ejections of stars that are still developing ».

These ' young stars periodically shoot out supersonic jets that collide with clouds of matter, like these thick pillars “, specifies the American space agency in a communicated .

The latter also explains that this new image “ will help researchers review their star formation models, identifying a precise count of newly formed stars, as well as the amount of gas and dust in that region ».

As a reminder, the James Webb telescope, the first images of which were unveiled last July, was sent into space on December 25, 2021 with the aim of exploring the cosmos using infrared technology in an area located approximately 1 .5 million kilometers from Earth.

The main objective of the telescope, which cost a whopping 10 billion dollars, is to study the life cycle of stars.

Source: AFP