NASA has published new images collected thanks to its James Webb Space Telescope. Shows details of the last The Tarantula Nebula, located about 170,000 light-years from Earth, This region of the universe is characterized by being a region of gas, dust and young and hot stars.
Viewing the Tarantula Nebula with Webb is made possible by its technology that captures infrared light from space objects. This was detailed in a statement issued by the US agency yesterday:
“A series of Webb’s high-resolution infrared instruments, working together, reveal the nebula’s stars, structure and composition in a level of detail not previously possible.”
Although it is known as the Tarantula Nebula, the formal name is 30 Doradus, The reason why it is colloquially called an arachnid is because, visually, in photographs taken by Hubble in the past, the slender “legs” were appreciated. Made up of a filament of dust and gas.
The technology that helped photograph the nebula
The Webb Space Telescope has been able to obtain information about these space objects so far from Earth thanks to its near-infrared camera.NIRCamThanks to this technology, NASA is able to define the Tarantula Nebula as “the home of a buried tarantula covered in silk.”
The NASA team has been able to determine with data collected by Webb that “only the dense surrounding regions of the nebula resist erosion by the powerful stellar winds of the stars, which appear to be pointing towards the cluster”. where the pillars that the space agency talks about are dotted with protostars which are in the early stages of their formation.
Using near-infrared spectrograph (NIRSPC) from Webb, researchers have been able to take a closer look at the nebula’s stars. The team initially thought the star would be slightly larger, but Webb’s technique worked to find that “the star had begun to emerge from its pillar and still had an insulating cloud of dust around it.”
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