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Tarantula Nebula 160,000 Light-Years Away Imaged: James Webb Space Telescope Captivates Again

A new image of 30 Doradus (or NGC 2070), also known as the Tarantula Nebula, has been shared by the James Webb Space Telescope. 2022 continues to be a year in which breathtaking photos from the near and distant universe are shared.

The James Webb Space Telescope, the most expensive and powerful telescope in history at a cost of $ 10 billion, launched at its location in space this summer. The telescope, which replaced Hubble, has brought many high-resolution photographs to science lovers since it started active work.

The James Webb Space Telescope, which began sharing its first photos in July, shared the clearest image of Jupiter to date, a supernova, the Car Wheel Galaxy and the Phantom Galaxy.

The last piece to join Webb's archive was the Tarantula Nebula, located 159,800,000 light-years away.

New Tarantula Nebula Image Reveals Previously Undiscovered Stars

Webb managed to record an extraordinary and unprecedented frame of the star-forming region called the Tarantula Nebula, revealing thousands of young stars never seen before.

In the image created by the combination of infrared devices, gas and dust in the nebula as well as galaxies in the distant background were reflected in the lens.

Discovered by French astronomer Nicolas Louis de Lacaille in 1751, 30 Doradus is considered the brightest star-forming region in the galaxies closest to the Milky Way Galaxy.

The Tarantula Nebula, which was first identified as a star, but later turned out to be a nebula; It is located in the H II region within the Large Magellanic Cloud.

Nebulae have a special place in astronomers studying star formation. Images like the one provided by the James Webb Space Telescope are crucial for understanding how stars formed in the deep cosmic past.

The James Webb Space Telescope, led by the European Space Agency, the Canadian Space Agency and NASA, will continue to help understand the universe with the images it has recorded.