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James Webb captures the amazing spiral galaxy in two wavelengths


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Friday, September 1, 2023 04:00 AM

Displays a new view The James Webb Space Telescope A stunning view of the spiral galaxy M51, also known as the Vortex Galaxy, a very beautiful galaxy classified as a large-format spiral galaxy for its prominent, clearly defined spiral arms. The image shows these arms in their full glory, extending from the galactic center, captured at infrared wavelengths and showing their structure.

The galaxy was captured using two web instruments that operate in different regions of the infrared: the Near Infrared Camera (NIRCam) and the Mid-Infrared Instrument (MIRI).

In addition to this image showing a scene combining data from both instruments, Web Scientists also published a bar image showing NIRCam data on one side and MIRI data on the other, so you can compare the scenes captured by each instrument. NIRCam was able to capture the signature of ionized gas swirling around the galactic center, which appears red in the NIRCam image, while MIRI was able to capture the structure of complex filaments of cold gas in and around each spiral arm.

The Whirlpool Galaxy, located 27 million light-years away in the constellation Canes Venatisi, has an unusual relationship with its neighbor, the dwarf galaxy NGC 5195. Generally, when a galaxy passes near another galaxy, one or both become gravitationally bound. Distorted, it is pulled into an irregular shape. However, in this case, the nearby dwarf galaxy had the opposite effect and may have contributed to the orderly appearance of the spiral.

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His observations indicate that Hubble Space Telescope Its arms glided without damaging anything until the dwarf star passed behind the vortex. However, the gravity of the smaller star can influence the vorticity by increasing the tides of material that drift into the galactic disc. These waves form dense clouds that collapse to form new stars, and the radiation from these stars illuminates the arms and makes them more prominent.

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