The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) captured an image of the Whirlpool Galaxy that was eerily similar to our idealized vision of the cosmos. Galaxy M51 is among the most widely recognized space features seen in the night sky. Amateur astronomers have been sharing breathtaking photographs of it for decades because of the fact that it is visible in the northern sky and is close enough to be seen. How amazing is it!
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The combined observations from the Mid-InfraRed Instrument (MIRI) and the Near-InfraRed Camera (NIRCam) onboard the James Webb Space Telescope demonstrate that heated dust is concentrated along the spiral arms of the galaxy, and this dust appears as dark red patches. For instance, the orange and yellow spots represent regions of ionized plasma that were produced by star clusters that have only recently formed.
In addition, the bright zones that run down the arms are star-forming regions that eventually lead down to the center core, which is blue and white. Have a look at the Whirlpool Galaxy in all its dazzling beauty down below:
This incredible study of M51 was carried out by the JWST as part of a larger series of observations known as FEAST (Feedback in Emerging Extragalactic Star Clusters). Because of its spiraling pattern, which is said to mimic water going around and around a drain, the galaxy is referred to as the Whirlpool. The twisting spiral arms are conspicuous in this galaxy, much as they are in other grand-design spiral galaxies. Canes Venatici is the location of the Whirlpool Galaxy, which may be found 31 million light-years distant in the Canes Venatici constellation.
According to the European Space Agency (ESA), the FEAST observations were developed with the intention of “shedding light on the interplay between stellar feedback and star formation in environments outside of our own galaxy, the Milky Way.”
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