The large Tarantula Nebula, located just 160,000 light-years from the Milky Way in the dwarf galaxy of the Large Magellanic Cloud, has been surveyed by the James-Webb Telescope. Here is what we see there.
During his first two months of scientific activity,has already entertained us a lot with his observations, here Featured , etc. Among all his targets, there are quite a few who passed in front of his sensitive in the . Each time, an extraordinary spectacle that reveals the clouds of and dust interconnected throughout the galaxy. The penetrating view of brings researchers closer to the deepest secrets of .
The Tarantula Nebula surveyed by Nircam
With this new image, James-Webb reveals the hidden side of avery active and relatively close to Earth: 30 Doradus, better known as the . The reference to comes from its evocative form when observed in the visible. However, as rightly illustrated by the , it should rather be seen as a tarantula’s nest. More precisely, a tarantula burrow lined with threads…
A burrow dug in the ground, because it is really a cavity that we observe in the heart of the cloud. It is formed by the breath of thousands of stars concentrated in the cluster, and visible in blue on the image of the Nircam instrument (camera in the near infrared). They are those radiant young stars full ofwho are constantly pushing back the gangue of matter in which they were born, several tens of thousands of years ago.
What we see is therefore only a part of the immense web of gas that runs through the entire galaxy, in this case avery close and in interaction with the the Large Magellanic Cloud.
The Tarantula Nebula in Miri’s Eyes
On the other image of the same region, this time translated from mid-infrared observations made with(James-Webb’s other camera), the star cluster is no longer visible. Instead, we can admire in unprecedented detail — what a marvel! — the reliefs in the and cold which composes the vast cloud and sculpted by the stars which hide there.
Since we were talking about a terrier, thehere reveals to us in a way the underground environment which underlies this very active region in our vicinity. Its dark, cloudy ground, its interconnected filaments from which stars. Moreover, if you look closely, you can see several “baby” stars caught trying to get rid of their gas.
A new cosmic spectacle as striking as it is fascinating offered by theJames Webb.