The James Webb Space Telescope captured an extraordinary new image of the Phantom Galaxy, which is located approximately 32 million light-years away from our planet. The image was published by the appropriate authorities. The image of the galaxy, which can be seen in the constellation Pisces, was initially published by the European Space Agency (ESA), which has been working with NASA on the Webb telescope.
It reveals a tremendous deal of detail about the galaxy. The Phantom Galaxy, which is also known as Messier 74, is classified as a “grand design spiral” due to the fact that it possesses two spiral arms that are very clearly defined. Due to the low surface brightness of the galaxy, it is difficult to observe and requires a clear, dark sky to do so.
Nevertheless, with a precise lens, Webb has taken an image that is the most accurate representation of the galaxy’s characteristics. In a tweet on one of NASA’s social media platforms, the space agency explained that “these spiral arms are traced by blue and bursts of pink, which are places that are star-forming.”
At the very center of the galaxy is where you’ll find a specked cluster of newborn stars that are light blue. In addition to this, it enables one to see the star cluster in the heart of the galaxy in its entirety, without any of the surrounding gas obscuring their vision. The Webb telescope is able to see through gas and dust, both of which are typically impenetrable to the naked eye.
According to the European Space Agency (ESA), “the addition of crystal-clear Webb observations at longer wavelengths will allow astronomers to pinpoint star-forming regions in the galaxies, accurately measure the masses and ages of star clusters, and gain insights into the nature of the small grains of dust drifting in interstellar space.
“The addition of crystal-clear Webb observations at longer wavelengths will allow astronomers to measure the masses and ages accurately. Compared to the Hubble telescope, the Webb telescope’s image of the Phantom Galaxy has a somewhat different composition from the one obtained by the Hubble telescope. This is something that is discussed in the NASA post.
The Webb telescope is an infrared telescope, which means that it utilizes infrared light as its primary method for detecting objects in space. It is able to observe heavenly bodies such as stars, nebulae, and planets that are either too dim or too cold to be followed in visible light, which refers to the light that is visible to humans.
The visible light, ultraviolet radiation, and near-infrared radiation are the types of wavelengths that can be observed by the Hubble telescope. Even though Hubble successfully captured many of the same star-forming areas and young stars as Webb, the quality of the photos recorded by Hubble is not as high as those charged by Webb.
In December of 2017, NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) successfully launched the Webb telescope, and in July of this year, they began revealing photographs obtained with the new technology.