(ORDO NEWS) — The latest scientific instrument, the James Webb Space Telescope, never ceases to delight us with its breathtaking images.
This latest image provides a new look at the Tarantula Nebula, a giant mass of interstellar dust and gas from which new stars form. The Tarantula Nebula got its name from its resemblance to a tarantula’s web-covered burrow.
The Tarantula Nebula is located 161,000 light-years from Earth in the Large Magellanic Cloud. Astronomers have been able to capture the nebula in all its beauty using the Space Telescope’s infrared instrument suite.
In longer wavelength light captured by the MIRI mid-infrared instrument, the telescope focused on the region surrounding the central star cluster and presented a completely new image of the Tarantula Nebula.
Bright blue stars to the right of center have created a cavity around themselves as their radiation scorched the region with intense stellar winds, according to NASA.
The surrounding regions are incredibly dense and have formed pillars in which young stars, called protostars, are born. By observing the Tarantula Nebula, astronomers can look into the interesting past of our universe.
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