Tarantula Nebula photographed in unprecedented detail


By Aahil

October  02, 2022

A new mosaic released taken from the James Webb Space Telescope peers through the dust of the universe to reveal stars that have never been seen before.

Only 161,000 light-years from the Large Magellanic Cloud, a tiny satellite galaxy in the Milky Way, is the Tarantula Nebula.

Though the wispy clouds provide peace, they are not the only source of tranquility. Tarantula Nebula is actually one of the biggest and most violent regions for star formation in the Local Group.

The Local Group is essentially our galactic neighborhood that our own Milky Way is a part of. JWST image of the Tarantula Nebula was made using mosaics made through four separate infrared filters, F090W, F200W, F335M, and F444W, at 0.9, 2.0, 3.35, and 4.44 microns, respectively

The largest part in the cluster is Andromeda Galaxy, while keen eyes (under clear and dark skies) might also be able to see the remote Triangulum Galaxy, thanks to its apparent brightness that is quite bright.

The stunning mosaic image, seen using JWST's Near-Infrared Camera (NIRCam), covers 340 light years; however the overall length of the nebula's rim exceeds 1,000 light years.

The nebula's name is derived from the web-like look of its dusty filaments, which are visible in earlier pictures, with the hollow within the middle resembling that of an ant's burrow and lined with silk.