Stunning spider in space! NASA James Webb Space Telescope captures RARE cosmic tarantula Nebula
The NASA James Webb Space Telescope has captured a stunning image of a Nebula that looks like the dangerous tarantula spider waiting to pounce on its victim.
The NASA James Webb Space Telescope has again taken a stunning image. The world's most powerful space telescope has been working overtime to scale the depths of the universe and capture never-seen-before images for us. And so far, it has not disappointed. From capturing the ‘mountains' and ‘valleys' of Carina Nebula to showcasing a phantom galaxy millions of lightyears away, scientists have been blown away by the visuals of the uncharted space territory. And to add to its list of accolades, the James Webb telescope has now captured an image of a Nebula which looks like a tarantula spider on the prowl, hunting for its next victim. The name tarantula is derived from the fact that the nebula looks a lot like the hairy legs of a tarantula spider.
Posting the image on its blog site, NASA noted, “In this mosaic image stretching 340 light-years across, Webb's Near-Infrared Camera (NIRCam) displays the Tarantula Nebula star-forming region in a new light, including tens of thousands of never-before-seen young stars that were previously shrouded in cosmic dust. The most active region appears to sparkle with massive young stars, appearing pale blue”. While the image looks amazing, this region itself is important from a cosmic perspective.
NASA James Webb Space Telescope captures Tarantula Nebula
The cosmic region is officially called 30 Doradus. It is sort of a space nursery where thousands upon thousands of infant stars are forming. These stars have previously never been seen before because of the distance from the Earth and because the young age makes them less bright than mature stars. It has been named Tarantula Nebula due to its appearance. It is located around 161,000 lightyears away in the Large Magellanic Cloud galaxy.
“Tarantula Nebula is the largest and brightest star-forming region in the Local Group, the galaxies nearest our Milky Way,” NASA noted in the blog. The Local Group is also home to the hottest and most massive stars known to us.
Explaining the reason for the Webb Space Telescope to observe the region, NASA noted, “One of the reasons the Tarantula Nebula is interesting to astronomers is that the nebula has a similar type of chemical composition as the gigantic star-forming regions observed at the universe's “cosmic noon,” when the cosmos was only a few billion years old and star formation was at its peak. Star-forming regions in our Milky Way galaxy are not producing stars at the same furious rate as the Tarantula Nebula, and have a different chemical composition. This makes the Tarantula the closest (i.e., easiest to see in detail) example of what was happening in the universe as it reached its brilliant high noon. Webb will provide astronomers the opportunity to compare and contrast observations of star formation in the Tarantula Nebula with the telescope's deep observations of distant galaxies from the actual era of cosmic noon”.
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