James Webb Space Telescope just captured the death of a star

    James Webb Space Telescope has shared an amazing image- the death of a star.

    By: HT TECH
    | Updated on: Aug 22 2022, 13:52 IST
    Death of a star,
    All you need to know about the new captured image of a star’s death by James Webb Space Telescope. (NASA Twitter)
    Death of a star,
    All you need to know about the new captured image of a star’s death by James Webb Space Telescope. (NASA Twitter)

    Mystery and history related to Space and Universe have always fascinated people and adding new stories on a constant basis is NASA (the National Aeronautics and Space Administration). It has now surprised the world with amazing facts and information courtesy its brand new space telescope- the James Webb Space Telescope, which is parked some 1 mn miles away from the Earth. Its job is to dig out something special about the Solar System and universe and that is exactly what it has done by taking a wonderful image that shows the last moments of a star as it delivers its final performance just before it finally bows out.

    Yes, you heard it right Stars also have a lifespan and they do die. A star goes to its last moment when it runs out of its fuel — primarily helium and hydrogen. The same is set to happen to our Sun too, but it will take billions of years- the death of the star depends on the Mass and size of the star. Also, when a star dies it expands outwards.

    Along with the recent image of a star's last moment the James Webb Telescope is also said to have found the Southern Ring Nebula, formally known as NGC 3132, which is approximately 2,500 light-years away. One light year is approximately 9 trillion km away from the Earth.

    Regarding this, in a statement, NASA it said: “This observation shows the Southern Ring Nebula almost face-on, but if we could rotate it to view it edge-on, its edge-on, its three-dimensional shape would more clearly look like two bowls placed together at the bottom, opening away from one another with a large hole at the centre.”

    Webb Space Telescope's main job is to look back in time, virtually to the moment of the Big Bang, and provide information about how the Universe came into being. James Webb Telescope has replaced the veteran Hubble Space Telescope, which has provided an immense treasure trove of information, but its aging instruments cannot look back in time as well as the modern marvel that the Webb Telescope is.

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    First Published Date: 14 Jul, 14:37 IST
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