The James Web Space Telescope (JWST) never seems to get old, although it has been exploring the Cosmos for less than two years now. The next-generation telescope operated by NASA and the ESA (European Space Agency) was launched back in December 2021, and it never stops amazing us. Webb has been constantly occupied with exploring the depths of the Universe.
Amidst the cosmic stage, a duo of youthful stars steps into the spotlight, as captured in a new near-infrared image by the James Webb Space Telescope! Therefore, it’s time to meet Herbig-Haro 46/47, the two stars that continue to dynamically form and dance in their close embrace. They are located 1,470 light-years away, shining in the Vela constellation, according to CNN.
NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has captured this stunning image of a tightly bound pair of actively forming stars, known as Herbig-Haro 46/47, in high-resolution near-infrared light.
— Massimo (@Rainmaker1973) July 26, 2023
While scientists have been observing and studying the stellar companions with various telescopes, it is the James Webb Space Telescope that has now provided the most intricate and highest-resolution portrait using near-infrared light. Due to the telescope’s extraordinary capabilities, a penetrating gaze pierced through the veiling nebula, a misty shroud of gas and dust that enshrouds these celestial performers.
NASA offers further insight:
The most striking details are the two-sided lobes that fan out from the actively forming central stars, represented in fiery orange. Much of this material was shot out from those stars as they repeatedly ingest and eject the gas and dust that immediately surround them over thousands of years.
When material from more recent ejections runs into older material, it changes the shape of these lobes. This activity is like a large fountain being turned on and off in rapid, but random succession, leading to billowing patterns in the pool below it. Some jets send out more material and others launch at faster speeds. Why? It’s likely related to how much material fell onto the stars at a particular point in time.
As you’ve probably already guessed, there’s no use hoping to travel anywhere close to the stellar duo in question, as 1,470 light-years is a distance way too big for humanity’s technological endeavors!
Tommy’s hobby has always been playing video games. He enjoys competing in video games tournaments and writing about his experience. It’s not a big surprise that he mostly covers the latest trends from the gaming industry.