September 28, 2022

Webb and Hubble take a stunning photo of the heart of the Phantom Galaxy

Webb and Hubble take a stunning photo of the heart of the Phantom Galaxy

The veteran and the new kid on the block have teamed up to produce a stunning photo of the Phantom Galaxy.

European Space Agency released a new photo On Monday, it captured the core of Messier 74, located 32 million light-years away in the constellation Pisces. It is a point of view that combines Hubble Space TelescopeStrong vision at ultraviolet and visible wavelengths with James Webb Space TelescopeUnprecedented sensitivity at infrared wavelengths.

“By integrating data from telescopes operating across the electromagnetic spectrum, scientists can gain more insight into astronomical objects than using a single observatory — even if it’s at Webb’s power,” the space agency said.

M74 shines at its fullest in this optical/mid-infrared composite image, which incorporates data from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and the NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope. / credit: European Space Agency

M74 is made up of about 100 billion stars and two identical arms. It is in a subcategory of spiral galaxies known as “Large spiral design“meaning it has prominent and well-defined arms, while some other galaxies are not that clear.

The space agency says its properties make it a “favorite target” for astronomers.

It was launched in 1990, Hubble He spent decades sending stunning images back to Earth, greatly expanding our understanding of the universe. Webb Telescope, the most expensive science probe ever built, Launched This year only with the aim of studying the origin of the universe.

Webb has already released a file More detailed pictures From space seen so far, scientists are eager to combine their findings with previous discoveries to further piece together the history of our universe.

Webb’s superior technology beautifully reveals the gas and dust rising from the core of the M74. The image also shows a clear view of the nuclear star cluster in the center, thanks to the lack of gas in the region, the agency said.

The European Space Agency has highlighted the images each telescope takes on its own – as well as the power of their combination. The dust in the image is red, young stars can be seen in blue and older stars are yellow, and they have a “scary green glow” when the colors combine.

On the left, a view from the Hubble Space Telescope of the galaxy.  On the right, the James Webb Space Telescope image is strikingly different.  The center merged photo combines these two for a truly unique look at this

On the left, a view from the Hubble Space Telescope of the galaxy. On the right, the James Webb Space Telescope image is strikingly different. The center merged photo combines these two for a truly unique look at this

Webb has captured the galaxy using a mid-infrared instrument in his quest to study the early stages of star formation. It’s part of a larger collaborative effort to document 19 nearby star-forming galaxies that have already been studied using both Hubble and observatories on Earth.

“Adding high-resolution Webb observations at longer wavelengths will allow astronomers to determine star-forming regions in galaxies, accurately measure the masses and ages of star clusters, and gain insight into the nature of tiny grains of dust drifting in interstellar space,” the agency said.

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