The veteran and the novice have teamed up to create a spectacular view of the Phantom Galaxy.
The European Space Agency released a new image on Monday of the heart of Messier 74, 32 million light-years away in the constellation of Pisces. It is a view that the . combines‘s strong vision at ultraviolet and visible wavelengths with the ‘s unprecedented sensitivity at infrared wavelengths.
“By combining data from telescopes operating across the entire electromagnetic spectrum, scientists can gain more insight into astronomical objects than by using a single observatory — even one as powerful as Webb,” the space agency said.
M 74 consists of about 100 billion stars and two symmetrical “arms”. It is in a subclass ofknown as a “grand design spiral”, meaning it has prominent and well-defined arms, while some other galaxies are not as apparent.
Its features make it a “favorite target” for astronomers, the space agency says.
Launched in 1990,has beamed breathtaking images back to Earth for decades, exponentially expanding our understanding of the cosmos. The Webb Telescope, the most expensive scientific probe ever built, only this year, with the aim of studying the origin of the universe.
Webb has already beamed the backof space we’ve seen so far, and scientists are eager to combine the findings with previous revelations to piece together the history of our universe.
Webb’s superior technology beautifully reveals the gas and dust flowing out from the heart of M74. The agency said the image also gives a clear view of the nuclear star cluster at the center, thanks to a lack of gas in the area.
ESA highlighted the images each telescope captured on its own – as well as the power of combining them. The dust in the image is colored red, young stars show up in blue, and older stars are yellow, highlighted by a “ghostly green glow” when the colors are combined.
Webb captured the galaxy using his Mid-InfraRed Instrument in his quest to study the earliest stages of star formation. It’s part of a larger collaborative effort to document 19 nearby star-forming galaxies that have already been studied using both Hubble and Earth observatories.
“The addition of crystal-clear Webb observations at longer wavelengths will allow astronomers to locate star-forming regions in the galaxies, accurately measure the masses and ages of star clusters, and gain insight into the nature of the tiny dust grains found in interstellar space,” he said. the agency.
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