New images of the ends of the universe were published by NASA (the American space agency) from the data collected by the powerful space telescope, james webb. This time, it was the Cartwheel galaxy that was the star of the show, a formation located 500 million light-years from Earth, in the Sculptor constellation.
As happened with other previous images, this galaxy had already been photographed, for example by Hubble. However, this time, the details that can be seen with the new device are amazing. What happens is that the infrared technology of the james webb it allows to cross the space dust and reconstruct a much more precise image.
what is seen in the picture
The first thing that can be seen from the image taken by the james webb is that the galaxy is not alone, but there are two smaller ones that accompany Wheel of a Car, while others are glimpsed behind, as a backdrop.
It can be seen that the shape of the set of stars captured by The telescope matches his name. The Cartwheel galaxy is ring-shaped, a more unusual shape than “spirals” like the Milky Way.
In the center is a brighter ring made up of huge amounts of dust and gigantic clusters of young stars. The other ring, seen in color in the first image, is dominated by star formation and supernovae.
This star formation originated from the high-speed collision of a large spiral galaxy and a smaller one. which cannot be seen in the image. This collision altered the shape and structure of the galaxy. From the collision, the rings began to expand outwards, so much so that the outermost, for example, expanded for about 440 million years.