NASA's revolutionary James Webb Space Telescope just dropped an amazing new image of the "Cartwheel Galaxy" in greater detail than ever seen before.
In a statement, NASA described how the telescope "peered into the chaos of the Cartwheel Galaxy," which has an active black hole at its center — and happens to closely resemble a wagon wheel as well.
As the European Space Agency notes in its post about the same image, this gorgeous capture is not only a feast for the eyes, but it will also help astronomers better understand how stars are formed.
This detailed new image taken by #Webb peers into the chaos of the Cartwheel Galaxy The image unveils secrets about star formation ✨ & the galaxy’s central black hole, providing new insights into a galaxy in the midst of a slow transformation 👇 pic.twitter.com/SDTSfrdTdE
— ESA Webb Telescope (@ESA_Webb) August 2, 2022
Located 500 million light-years away in the Sculptor constellation, the Cartwheel Galaxy was formed as "the result of an intense event — a high-speed collision between a large spiral galaxy and a smaller galaxy," according to NASA, the latter of which was not captured in the image.
As NASA notes, the galaxy, which was "presumably a normal galaxy like the Milky Way before its collision," is very much in flux and will continue to transform.
In a Twitter post announcing the incredible find, NASA's Webb Telescope account joked that it was "time to reinvent the wheel" — a pithy quip that could very much be applied to the telescope itself, as it continues to revolutionize not only our understanding of star formation, but also of the universe at large.
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