Monday, February 26

James Webb Telescope Discovers a Galaxy Full of Star Births

It seems like we are reporting on the James Webb Telescope all the time. Recently, it found a planet called GJ 1214 B. Once again, the telescope has discovered something interesting. This time, it’s a distant galaxy full of stars being born.

At about 12 billion light years away, the GN20 galaxy seems to be full of star formations, which is most likely caused by a collision with another galaxy.

This was discovered thanks to astronomers led by Luis Colina, at the Spanish Astrobilogy Center. They used images made by the James Webb Space Telescope’s Mid-Infrared Instrument, which were taken between November 23 and 24th last year.

The astronomers found the early star-forming galaxy has a nucleus full of densely clustered stars in the core, which are surrounded by an envelope of gas. The galaxy has been creating new stars at a rate of 50 times the mass of the sun each year, and has most likely been doing this for 100 million years.

That’s alot of stars.

Source: Space.com
Img Source: Rafael Cerqueira , Pexels