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The Latest Mesmerizing James Webb Space Telescope Images

Want to see the latest James Webb Space Telescope images? Also discover the most fascinating images released from the telescope yet.

By Elizabeth Gamillo
Mar 8, 2024 7:00 PMApr 12, 2024 1:26 PM
JWST M82
(Credit: NASA, ESA, CSA, STScI, A. Bolatto (University of Maryland)

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Since December 2021, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has unlocked various secrets of our universe. From providing newer images of galaxies taken by the Hubble Space Telescope to enlightening experts on supernova remnants and peering into the early universe, the spacecraft has already discovered so much.

Below are the latest and greatest images that NASA has released from the JWST.

The Latest James Webb Telescope Image: April 3, 2024

(Credit: NASA, ESA, CSA, STScI, A. Bolatto (University of Maryland)

The James Webb Space Telescope captured a new image of Messier 82 (M82), also known as the Cigar galaxy. The M82’s center is fittingly a star nursery that forms hot balls of gas 10 times faster than the Milky Way galaxy. A neighboring galaxy’s gravitational pull, M81, is thought to be the reason behind M82’s high rates of star formation.

The Vibrant Starburst Galaxy M82’s Center

As part of a study with the University of Maryland, College Park, the newest image is a closer look at the galaxy’s active star formation center. M82 is found 12 million light-years away in the constellation Ursa Major.

“Both NASA’s Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes have observed this target. With Webb’s size and resolution, we can look at this star-forming galaxy and see all of this beautiful, new detail,” said Alberto Bolatto, an astrophysicist at the University of Maryland, College Park, in a press release.

Each newborn star chisels the galaxy’s surrounding dust and gas, but it comes at a price. Eventually, the galaxy will ‘starve’ itself from the surrounding gas and run out of the material needed to birth new stars. The star formation is suspected to stop in several tens of millions of years.

With JWST’s NIRCam, the research team could see through the galaxy’s dusty gaseous filaments. Details like the dark brown dust strips would have otherwise been shrouded without the JWST’s advanced capabilities. The red web-like structures seen surrounding the galaxy were formed by stellar wind from the galaxy’s center.

With JWST, the team could further understand how the galactic wind (which was coming from budding stars) interacts and sculpts its environment.

“Webb’s observation of M82, a target closer to us, is a reminder that the telescope excels at studying galaxies at all distances,” said Bolatto in a statement. “In addition to looking at young, high-redshift galaxies, we can look at targets closer to home to gather insight into the processes that are happening here – events that also occurred in the early universe.”


Read More: 19 Stunning Galaxy Images from the James Webb Space Telescope


13 Other Mesmerizing James Webb Telescope Images

Here are some of the first images from the JWST that have kept us captivated.

1. First Released Image

(Credit:NASA, ESA, CSA, and STScl)

2. NGC 7469's Ring and Diffraction Spikes

(Credit: ESA/Webb, NASA & CSA, L. Armus, A. S. Evans)

3. Merging Galaxies: II ZW 96

(Credit: ESA/Webb, NASA & CSA, L. Armus, A. Evan)

4. The Cosmic Hourglass of a New Protostar

(Credit: NASA, ESA, CSA, STScI)

5. The Tarantula Nebula

(Credit: NASA, ESA, CSA, STScI, Webb ERO Production Team)

6. Auroras on Jupiter

(Credit: Webb NIRCam composite image of Jupiter from three filters and alignment due to the planet’s rotation. Credit: NASA, ESA, CSA, Jupiter ERS Team; image processing by Judy Schmidt)

7. Supernova remnant Cassiopeia A

(Credit: NASA, ESA, CSA, STScI, D. Milisavljevic (Purdue University), T. Temim (Princeton University), I. De Looze (Ghent University))

8. The Ring Nebula

(Credit: ESA/Webb, NASA, CSA, M. Barlow (University College London), N. Cox (ACRI-ST), R. Wesson (Cardiff University))

9. Saturn's Glowing Rings and Moons

(Credit: NASA, ESA, CSA, STScI, Matt Tiscareno (SETI Institute), Matt Hedman (University of Idaho), Maryame El Moutamid (Cornell University), Mark Showalter (SETI Institute), Leigh Fletcher (University of Leicester), Heidi Hammel (AURA). Image processing: J. DePasquale (STScI))

10. Orion Bar in the Orion Nebula

(Credit: ESA/Webb, NASA, CSA, M. Zamani (ESA/Webb), PDRs4ALL ERS Team)

11. Wolf-Raylet star WR 124

(Credit: NASA, ESA, CSA, STScI, Webb ERO Production Team)

12. The Cartwheel Galaxy

(Credit: NASA, ESA, CSA, STScI)

13. JWST Pillars of Creation

SCIENCE: NASA, ESA, CSA, STScI; IMAGE PROCESSING: Joseph DePasquale (STScI), Alyssa Pagan (STScI)

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