NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope captures detailed images of nebulae and galaxies

(ORDO NEWS) — NASA has published a series of three full-color images taken by the James Webb Space Telescope, created in collaboration with the European and Canadian Space Agencies.

The first shows the dusty “mountains” of the Carina Nebula, one of the largest and brightest nebulae in the sky. It is 7.6 thousand light-years away from the Earth and is home to a large number of stars, several times the mass of the Sun.

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The second shows the magnificent planetary South Rim Nebula. It is an expanding cloud of gas surrounding a dying star. Its diameter is estimated at half a light year, and the light from the South Rim to the James Webb mirrors traveled almost 2,000 years.

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An image of the planetary South Rim Nebula taken by the James Webb Space Telescope

The third and final image shows a compact group of five galaxies – Stefan’s Quintet. The object is 290 million light-years away from us in the direction of the constellation Pegasus. Four of the five galaxies in the quintet are locked in a cosmic dance of repetitive interactions.

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An image of the Stefan Quintet group of five galaxies taken by the James Webb Space Telescope

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