BLUFThe James Webb telescope has successfully begun its mission to look at the early days of the universe and study exoplanets and our solar system through recent discoveries in the Cartwheel Galaxy.
Amanda Kooser writing for CNET, makes the following points regarding the Cartwheel Galaxy:
- 500 million light-years away.
- Created by a collision between a spiral galaxy (like our own Milky Way) and another, smaller galaxy.
- Lots of baby stars and supernovas.
- Webb’s use of Infrared enables it to see through the thick dust.
- Webb is a joint project between NASA, the European Space Agency and the Canadian Space Agency.
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References from the Web:
- AUG 2021 In pictures: The Cartwheel Galaxy and the other universe mysteries revealed by James Webb-euronews.next
- AUG 2021 See the James Webb Space Telescope’s Dazzling New Photo of the Cartwheel Galaxy-Smithsonian Magazine
- AUG 2021 The Cartwheel Galaxy Is the Webb Telescope’s Latest Cosmic Snapshot-New York Times