(ORDO NEWS) — The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has shared a stunning image of a lonely galaxy that is three million light-years from Earth. The detailed image shows thousands of sparkling stars.
The irregular Wolf-Landmark-Melott galaxy was discovered in 1909 by Max Wolf and is located in the constellation Cetus on the edge of the Local Group.
The discovery of the galactic nature of this object belongs to Knut Landmark and Filbert Jacques Melott, they made it in 1926.
In 1994, A. I. Dolphin, using the Hubble Space Telescope, built a color-magnitude diagram for the Wolf-Landmark-Melott galaxy.
It showed that about half of the galaxy’s stars were formed during a burst of star formation that began about 13 billion years ago.
The Wolf-Landmark-Melott dwarf galaxy was captured by the Spitzer space telescope back in 2016, but then its stars in the image were visible as blurry spots.
Now, thanks to images from the James Webb Telescope, NASA scientists hope to reconstruct the history of star formation in this galaxy, which formed shortly after the Big Bang.
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