Thursday, July 13, 2023

An Image of a Star Nursey from JWST Used to Mark the Annimversay of the First JWST Image + Update

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A "stunning picture of the star-forming region closest to Earth is the latest to be released by the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST"

"The image" marks one year since the release of the first photograph. one year since the landmark telescope released its first photograph" (linked but protected by subscription paywall). 
The area shown "contains roughly 50 young stars ---  It shows an area in the Rho Ophiuchi cloud complex, 120 parsecs (390 light years) away, that contains roughly 50 young stars — most of which have masses similar to, or less than, that of the Sun."

The image and a short explanation are from the journal Nature, 12 July 2023.
The JWST, another tool - an incredible achievement involving a great variety of scientists, engineers, computer scientist - for use to learn more about the universe, especially in the beginning. 

Late Breaking News. The same image of the Rho Ophiuchi molecular cloud complex shown above from APOD with more explanation. The scale of the complex is "ginormous," to use the technical word. The chaos of giving birth to stars shows. I apologize for not waiting until after I posted the original.

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