The new pictures taken by the Webb telescope never cease to amaze. This time, scientists photographed with its help the Cartwheel galaxy approximately 500 million light-years from Earth.
Using instruments sensitive to infrared light, the telescope was able to see the galaxy behind a cloud of dust that obscured the Cartwheel from other telescopes. This helped reveal new details about the black hole at the center of the galaxy and the formation of the stars that belong to it.
Blue dots in red dust vortices represent stars or star-forming elements. There is also a noticeable difference between the smooth distribution of the populations of old stars and the dense dust in the center and the clumpy forms outside associated with young stars.
It was also possible to investigate the dust that fills the galaxy. Hydrocarbons and other chemical compounds were found in it, as well as silicate dust similar to earth dust. Areas with such dust form spiral “spokes”, which gave the galaxy the name Cartwheel.
According to scientists, it was formed from the collision of a larger galaxy with a smaller one. The inner ring contains a large amount of hot dust, while the outer ring shows the formation of stars and supernovae. The outer ring of the galaxy expanded from the collision center for about 440 million years.
We will remind you that earlier NASA published a photo of deep space with stars and galaxies taken by the James Webb telescope. It was also possible to take a picture of the Large Magellanic Cloud in its help and view Jupiter with satellites.