Space telescope James Webb Time to capture a new image and a wide range of dust has passed through Wagon Wheel Galaxy With unprecedented clarity, Tuesday reported Pot and the European Space Agency (ESA).
Cartwheel took its shape after a head-on collision between two galaxies in the Sculptor galaxy, about 500 million light-years from Earth.
The impact sent two rings radiating from the galaxy’s center, they explained, “like ripples after a stone is thrown into a pond.” Pot and ESA in a joint statement.
At the center of the galaxy is a small white ring, while the outer ring, with its colored spokes, has been expanding in the universe for about 440 million years, the report added. As it expands outward, it collides with gas, forming new stars.
The Hubble Space Telescope has already captured images of this strange ring galaxy, which is thought to be a Milky Way-like spiral before a small galaxy hit it.
But the Webb telescope, launched in December 2021, has a longer range to acquire images.
They said Webb’s ability to detect infrared light allowed him to see through the “vast amount of hot dust” that obscured the view of the Cartwheel Galaxy. Pot and ESA.
This revealed new details about star formation in the galaxy and the behavior of the supermassive black hole at its heart, they said.
It has also been able to detect areas rich in hydrocarbons and other chemicals as earth-like dust.
Behind the cartwheel, two other smaller galaxies shine, and beyond these, more structures can be seen.
Studies from the image show that the Cartwheel Galaxy is still in a “very unstable phase,” according to space agencies.
“The web gives us a snapshot of the current state of the cartwheel and provides insight into what has happened to this galaxy in the past and how it will evolve in the future.”