Sunday, June 4, 2023

JWST Takes a Detailed Image of a large Dusty Debris Disk

Environmental & Science Education, STEM, Astronomy, Earth & Space Science, Astrophysics, Cosmology

Ed Hessler

The bright star, Formalhaut, is a piece up the road - 25 light years distant.

It has an impressive dusty debris disk, the details of which have been revealed by that magnificent eye, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). The disk according to Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) "provides evidence for a planetary system surrounding the hot, young star."

You may see this remarkable image -- labeled, including two inserted images of the great dust cloud -- and read the accompanying explanation at APOD.

It is another wonder of the cosmos and also a wonder made available by current science, technology and computer technology informing theory, providing evidence to support various hypotheses and leading to scientific knowledge.

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