With the JWST, an image taken of the Tarantula Nebula, named for its name, was resemblance to a venomous spider hole covered with spider silk. The study of this region has been a favorite for many astronomers who specialize in star formation. With the telescope, it was possible to obtain images of much more distant galaxies, and that in the nebula the gases and dust composition formed was also possible.
The Tarantula Nebula is in infrared. Source image: webbtelescope.org.
The Tarantula Nebula is 161,000 light-years-old in the big Magellanic Cloud, the largest and brightest star-forming region in the Local galaxies in the vicinity of the Milky Way. Using the NIRCam remote, it was possible to capture a young star that had just formed from dust and began to clean the space around it.
In the medium-infrared (MIRI) instrument, extending wavelengths, this region seems somewhat different: hot stars are shimmering and cooler dust and gas are shimmering. Visible light with short wavelengths tends to absorb and spread in the nebula and can’t reach the James Webb cameras and the Mid-infrared waves pass in a dust dust, revealing to scientists about unknown objects and processes.
Tarantula Nebula in infrared opportune tyre nebula.
The Tarantula Nebula has a similar chemistry as the giant star-forming regions that was ubiquitous at a time of a thousand years in the universe. Today, the formation of stars in the Milky Way galaxy is much better in intensity than in the Tarantula Nebula. There’s differences in chemical composition, too. In other words, the Tarantula Nebula is the most formed area we get from – mostly the real world – what happened at midnight in the atomic universe. Scientists must compare the data collected here with what is observed in distant galaxies still experiencing that era.
The process of star formation still has many mysteries and certain mysteries have long been neglected in the past due to our lack of knowledge of what is hidden in the halioscope. Probably, a James Webb telescope will help answer some questions.
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