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In a month, the James Webb Space Telescope saw the oldest galaxies, messy cosmic collisions and the atmosphere of a hot gas planet

In a month, the James Webb Space Telescope saw the oldest galaxies, messy cosmic collisions and the atmosphere of a hot gas planet

In the month since the James Webb Space Telescope released its first images, it has captured brand new views of the cosmos. The $10 billion space telescope launched in December 2021 and arrived at its destination beyond the Moon’s orbit in January. Webb is able to cut through cosmic dust, allowing astronomers to see further …

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In a month, the James Webb Space Telescope saw the oldest galaxies, messy cosmic collisions and the atmosphere of a hot gas planet

In a month, the James Webb Space Telescope saw the oldest galaxies, messy cosmic collisions and the atmosphere of a hot gas planet

In the month since the James Webb Space Telescope released its first images, it has captured brand new views of the cosmos. The $10 billion space telescope launched in December 2021 and arrived at its destination beyond the Moon’s orbit in January. Webb is able to cut through cosmic dust, allowing astronomers to see further …

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supernova blasting radiation towards a companion star

Supernova wreckage shoots cosmic rays into deep space

Some space radiation that crashes into the Earth has an explosive origin. Astronomers have spotted the wreckage of a supernova explosion potentially capable of blasting off high-energy particles – or cosmic rays – that frequently bombard Earth. Their new findings link shock waves and debris created by dying stars to natural high-energy proton accelerators in …

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two bright spiral galaxies with mingling stars

The wings of the “cosmic butterfly” flicker like galaxies colliding violently

Astronomers from the Gemini North Telescope in Hawaii have released a stunning image that shows two spiral galaxies colliding and merging. The clash galaxies NGC 4568 and NGC 4567 – also known as the Butterfly galaxies due to the two-lobe shape of their interaction – are located 60 million light-years from Earth in the Virgo …

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The Cartwheel galaxy is the Webb Telescope's latest cosmic snapshot

The Cartwheel galaxy is the Webb Telescope’s latest cosmic snapshot

Scientists released the latest images from NASA’s triumphant James Webb Space Telescope on Tuesday. The latest release documents the Cartwheel galaxy, which lies about 500 million light-years from our planet and is aptly named for its wheel-like appearance, complete with a central hub, tire, and even wavy, fluorescent spokes. The Webb also recorded two smaller …

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A composite image of the star-forming region 30 Doradus, known as the Tarantula Nebula.

Astronomers imagine the star birth web of a cosmic Tarantula Nebula

A composite image of the star-forming region 30 Doradus – also known as the Tarantula Nebula – reveals areas of cold gas that can collapse to form stars. (Image credit: ESO, ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO)/Wong et al., ESO/M.-R. Cioni/VISTA Magellanic Cloud survey.) A recently released image of 30 Doradus, also known as the Tarantula Nebula, reveals thin …

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