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Another surprise from the Webb Telescope: tens of thousands of never-before-seen stars are immortalized in the Tarantula Nebula

giant space telescope James Webb It still surprises us. This time a powerful telescope NASAEuropean Space Agency (ESA).hex) and Canadian (Canadian Space Agency) succeeded in immortalizing tens of thousands of unprecedented young stars, which were intercepted in the “cradle” of the stars Tarantula Nebulaone of the largest areas star formation known in the Local Group of galaxies, which is 161,000 light-years away from us, in Large Magellanic Cloud. For the first time it was possible to observe What happens inside the thick clouds of dust and gas that make up the nebula nicknamed “The Tarantula” because it appears with Nircam (infrared camera), the area resembles a spider’s lair covered in silk. The Tarantula Nebula is of particular interest to astronomers because its chemical composition is similar to that of the giant star-forming regions observed at the so-called “cosmic noon” of the universe, that is, when the universe was a few billion years old and was a star formation at the top.

Credit: NASA, ESA, CSA, STScI, Webb ERO Production Team

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