The James Webb Space Telescope has shown two bright young stars in a new image in the near-infrared range. This was reported by CNN.
They are called Herbig-Haro 46/47 and are located 1,470 light-years from Earth in the constellation Sails (constellation of the southern hemisphere). The objects are still actively forming and orbiting close to each other.
This stellar duo has been studied and observed by many space and ground-based telescopes since the 1950s. However, it was the James Webb telescope that captured the most detailed, highest-resolution image in near-infrared light.
The telescope’s capabilities allow you to peer through the nebula, filled with gas and dust, that surrounds the stars. In visible light images taken by other telescopes, the blue nebula actually appeared black.
The two stars will finally form after millions of years. But a space telescope’s view at this point in a star’s life cycle will allow astronomers to understand more details about how stars form and evolve over time.
We will remind that the James Webb telescope recently showed how new stars are formed in the Virgo constellation. The images were combined from infrared images taken by the MIRI (Mid Infrared Instrument) and NIRCam (Near Infrared Camera) sensors.