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JWST Takes Stunning Images of a Hidden Protostar

JWST has exposed the protostar's previously concealed features

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Russell Chattaraj
Russell Chattaraj
Mechanical engineering graduate, writes about science, technology and sports, teaching physics and mathematics, also played cricket professionally and passionate about bodybuilding.

UNITED STATES: NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has captured a breathtaking picture of cosmic beauty, consisting of an ethereal hourglass of orange and blue dust being blasted out from a freshly rising star at its heart.

JWST captures breathtaking pictures of protostar

JWST has exposed the protostar’s previously concealed featured, shedding light on the nascent stages of a young star. 

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According to a joint statement from NASA and the European Space Agency, these flaming clouds within the Taurus star-forming region are only visible in infrared light. Thus they had never been spotted previously, making them an excellent target for JWST’s Near-Infrared Camera (NIRCam).

The thinnest layer of dust is in the blue regions; as the dust layer becomes thicker, less blue light can escape, resulting in pockets of orange.

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In this representative-color infrared image, the region’s most notable features, the clouds coloured blue and orange, outline voids formed as material blasts away from the protostar and collides with surrounding matter.

L1527 is a relatively youthful body, the statement continued, despite the chaos that it produces, being only 100,000 years old. 

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L1527 is a class 0 protostar, the earliest stage of star formation, based on its age and brightness in far-infrared radiation as seen by missions like the Infrared Astronomical Satellite.

The protostar is situated in the Taurus molecular cloud, a stellar nursery that is 430 light years away from Earth and is home to hundreds of almost-formed stars.

Since it began operating in July, the JWST, the most powerful space telescope ever built, has revealed a trove of ground-breaking information and spectacular images. It is intended to start a new era of discovery.

The study of the star-life cycle is the main goal of the $10 billion JWST. Exoplanets, or planets outside Earth’s solar system, are another essential subject of study.

Also Read: The Pillars of Creation Are Depicted in a Spectacular Image Acquired by JWST

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  • Russell Chattaraj

    Mechanical engineering graduate, writes about science, technology and sports, teaching physics and mathematics, also played cricket professionally and passionate about bodybuilding.

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