By Neha Yadav
Published Dec 24, 2023

Hindustan Times
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Photo Credits: Instagram/nasawebb

10 stunning pics taken from NASA's Webb Telescope

The US Space Agency NASA's space observatory James Webb Space Telescope is known for capturing mesmerising images of celestial bodies. 

NASA frequently takes to Instagram to share some of the rare sightings by the telescope. Let's take a look at how NASA described some of the pics of the celestial bodies captured by its Webb telescope.

"Webb’s sharp infrared eye found this record-breaking brown dwarf in star cluster IC 348, which is about 1000 light-years away and only 5 million years old."

"This beautiful image from the @NASAWebb telescope is a gift from a past star. In near-infrared light, supernova remnant Cassiopeia A (Cas A) resembles a shiny ornament that decks the halls of homes during the holiday season."

"Treat yourself to the bewitching sight of M83! The barred spiral galaxy comes alive with detail in this new image by the Webb telescope’s MIRI instrument."

"Seen in this @NASAWebb image is a newborn star with supersonic jets of gas spewing from its poles. It’s only a few tens of thousands of years old here, but when it grows up, it’ll be much like our sun."

"This image is a composite of Webb and Hubble data. It shows spiral galaxy NGC 5584, one of the galaxies involved in the Webb research team’s calculations of the universe’s expansion rate."

"The Ring Nebula is a “planetary nebula,” originally named for having a planet-like appearance through small telescopes. In actuality, planetary nebulae are the remains of a star’s death throes."

"Shown here is a detailed close-up of Rho Ophiuchi, the closest star-forming region to Earth. Webb takes a brand-new look at around 50 young stars, many close in mass to our star, giving us a glimpse into the early life of the sun."

"Hidden in the neck of this “hourglass” of light are the very beginnings of a new star — a protostar. The clouds of dust and gas within this region are only visible in infrared light, the wavelengths that the James Webb Space Telescope specialises in."

"New Webb image of Jupiter highlight the planet's features, including its turbulent Great Red Spot, in amazing detail. These images were processed by citizen scientist Judy Schmidt."

"This rare sight is a super-bright, massive Wolf-Rayet star. Calling forth the ephemeral nature of cherry blossoms, the Wolf-Rayet phase is a fleeting stage that only some stars go through soon before they explode."