Brilliant! NASA’s JWST photo shows planet being BORN; Check out stunning image

    An awesome NASA photo, taken by James Webb Space Telescope, shows a star being born in Eagle Nebula. It is virtually in the womb.
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    | Updated on: Oct 26 2022, 19:09 IST
    JWST captures Neptune rings; NASA shares pics
    1/5 The picture of Neptune captured by Nasa’s JWST shows its rings distinctly. Set against a dark background, the planet appears as a pearl with ethereal concentric ovals around it. (NASA)
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    2/5 Neptune is deemed an ice giant due to the chemical makeup of its interior. Compared to the gas giants, Jupiter and Saturn, Neptune is much richer in elements heavier than hydrogen and helium. (Nasa)
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    3/5 The brightness in the JWST's portrait of Neptune appears because it's filtered by the telescope's infrared lenses. (Nasa)
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    4/5 That’s not all, Webb also captured seven of Neptune's 14 known moons. A very bright point of light seen in Webb’s images is Neptune's large and unusual moon, Triton. It is covered in frozen, condensed nitrogen and reflects 70% of the sunlight that hits it. That’s why it appeared very bright to Webb. (Nasa)
    NASA's James Webb Telescope captures Neptune's rings.
    5/5 Neptune planet was discovered in 1846 and since then it has always fascinated researchers. The planet is located 30 times farther from the Sun than Earth and hence, its orbits are in the remote, dark region of the outer solar system. According to Nasa, the Sun is so farther from Neptune that high noon is similar to a dim twilight on Earth. (NASA, ESA, CSA, STScI)
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    James Webb Space Telescope captures a gas giant in the earliest stage of birth in the Eagle Nebula. (Nasa)

    The James Webb Space Telescope, operated by NASA, has captured the STUNNING formation of a star. The NASA photo shows a planet virtually in the womb itself for all intents and purposes. It is a gas giant in the earliest stages of birth. NASA has captured the spectacular image from the Eagle Nebula's towering tendrils of gas and dust, known as the "Pillars of Creation." These permeable pillars that appear semi-transparent in near-infrared light. Nasa said that these solid rock formations are actually interstellar gases. As per the report, the region is located 6,500 light-years from Earth and within the Eagle Nebula. It was previously seen by the Hubble Telescope in 1995, capturing an iconic image. The image captured by Nasa's JWST revealed that the towering mountains of gas and dust in the Eagle Nebula are one of the most productive star factories in the Milky Way galaxy.

    The Eagle Nebula was first discovered by Swiss astronomer Philippe Loys de Cheseaux in the mid-18th century. Charles Messier also independently rediscovered it in 1764 as part of his catalogue, dubbing it M16.

    The James Webb Space Telescope, with its dust-penetrating infrared camera, gaze through the shroud with ease, displaying a luminous centre that is giving off so much infrared light (essentially heat) that the galaxy produces the trademark eight-spike refraction pattern usually seen in Webb's images containing bright stars. The image was captured from a combination of data captured by three of Webb's four instruments, the MIRI and NIRCam cameras and the NIRSpec spectrometer, the European Space Agency, which released the image on Tuesday (Oct. 25), said in a statement.

    A study describing the findings was recently published in the Astrophysical Journal.

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    First Published Date: 26 Oct, 19:06 IST
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