James Webb spotted a spiral galaxy in the constellation Pegasus

(ORDO NEWS) — NASA‘s James Webb Space Telescope has spotted a spiral galaxy in the constellation Pegasus, which is 220 million light-years from Earth.

The study was carried out as part of the GOALS project, which studies the birth of stars, the growth of black holes and other parameters in four merging luminous infrared galaxies.

The spiral galaxy NGC 7469 belongs to an object containing an active galactic nucleus (AGC), which is a bright central region dominated by light emitted by dust and gas entering the galaxy’s black hole.

This galaxy provides astronomers with a unique opportunity to study the relationship between AGNs and star birth activity.

Scientists have been able to image and spectrogram the spiral galaxy in the constellation Pegasus with unprecedented detail using MIRI, NIRCam and NIRSpec instruments.

In addition, the instruments have discovered new young clusters in which stars are born.

There are also pockets of warm, turbulent molecular gas and evidence of the destruction of fine dust. These factors are evidence that AGNs affect the interstellar medium.

Scientists on Earth have already been able to capture highly ionized diffuse atomic gas escaping from the core at about 6.4 million kilometers per hour, but the James Webb telescope captured it in detail.


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