Scientists published the newest images from the James Webb Space Telescope Tuesday, showcasing the Cartwheel galaxy located about 500 million light years from Earth.
The stunning images, created by compositing photos from the telescope’s near and mid-infrared instruments to unveil details difficult to see in individual captures, shows the outcome of a collision between a large spiral galaxy and another smaller galaxy.
The high-speed collision occurred around 400 million years ago, NASA said in a release. The Cartwheel galaxy has two bright and colorful rings that expand outward from the center, creating a remarkable spectacle now able to be seen using the James Webb Space telescope’s cutting-edge technology.
NASA also observed companion spiral galaxies on the left side of the image that share the vibrant red hues of the Cartwheel galaxy.
The telescope’s latest release follows its first images that were published last month.
Scientists said the latest image sheds light on a galaxy previously shrouded in mystery due to dust that typically obscures the view of typical telescopes.’
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