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Webb telescope shares a peek inside the early universe
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Webb telescope shares a peek inside the early universe

Sign up for CNN’s Wonder Theory science newsletter. Explore the universe with news on fascinating discoveries, scientific advancements and more. CNN  —  The James Webb Space Telescope has provided astronomers with a glimpse of the early universe in a new image shared on Wednesday. The powerful space observatory is capable of detecting the faint light...

Webb Spots Possible Galaxy Merger in Early Universe
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Webb Spots Possible Galaxy Merger in Early Universe

Astronomers say we may be witnessing a merger of two small galaxies just 400 million years after the Big Bang. The galaxy cluster MACS0647 acts as a cosmic lens to bend and magnify light from the more distant MACS0647-JD system. Image credit: NASA / ESA / CSA / Webb / STScI / Tiger Hsiao, Johns...

Webb Observes Interacting Galaxy System IC 1623
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Webb Observes Interacting Galaxy System IC 1623

NASA has released a stunning image snapped by the NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope of IC 1623, an ongoing cosmic collision between two irregular galaxies. IC 1623 is approaching the final stage of its merger, when a violent central inflow of gas will trigger intense starburst activity that could boost the infrared luminosity above the...

New Webb images illuminate the formation of a galaxy cluster
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New Webb images illuminate the formation of a galaxy cluster

Enlarge / Separating out different wavelengths of light lets us track the movement of material toward and away from Earth. A team of researchers is publishing a paper based on new images taken by the Webb Space Telescope. The images reveal a dense concentration of matter in the early Universe, potentially indicating early stages in...

James Webb telescope captures new view of famed Pillars of Creation
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James Webb telescope captures new view of famed Pillars of Creation

As if the Pillars of Creation could get any more iconic. NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has captured a fresh view of a famed celestial sight: the stunning star-forming region known as the Pillars of Creation. The image, teeming with newborn stars and revealing new details of the region’s haunting spires of dust and gas,...

Alien megastructures? Cosmic thumbprint? What’s behind a James Webb telescope photo that had even astronomers stumped?
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Alien megastructures? Cosmic thumbprint? What’s behind a James Webb telescope photo that had even astronomers stumped?

Credit: NASA / ESA / CSA / STScI / JPL / Caltech In July, a puzzling new image of a distant extreme star system surrounded by surreal concentric geometric rungs had even astronomers scratching their heads. The picture, which looks like a kind of “cosmic thumbprint,” came from the James Webb Space Telescope, NASA’s newest...

Webb Observes Extremely Red Quasar and Its Environment in Early Universe
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Webb Observes Extremely Red Quasar and Its Environment in Early Universe

The red quasar the NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope observed, called SDSS J165202.64+172852.3 (SDSSJ1652 for short), resides in a very dense environment with several interacting companion galaxies. These images show the extremely red quasar SDSS J165202.64+172852.3 and its environment. Image credit: NASA / ESA / CSA / Webb / D. Wylezalek, A. Vayner & Q3D...

See the James Webb telescope’s new image of the Pillars of Creation : NPR
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See the James Webb telescope’s new image of the Pillars of Creation : NPR

Nearly 30 years ago, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope captured the first image of the Pillars of Creation — the iconic star nursery featuring thick pillars of gas and dust. Now, the new James Webb Space Telescope has captured NASA’s most detailed image of the landscape that is helping scientists better understand how stars form. The...

Webb telescope captures stunning image of Pillars of Creation
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Webb telescope captures stunning image of Pillars of Creation

The James Webb Space Telescope has done it again, releasing another stunning image of the iconic Pillars of Creation.  The Eagle Nebula landscape shows new stars forming 6,500 light-years away, amidst dense clouds of gas and dust.  In the center, the three-dimensional pillars are made up of cool interstellar gas and dust, appearing semi-transparent in...

NASA Webb telescope captures new image of ‘Pillars of Creation’
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NASA Webb telescope captures new image of ‘Pillars of Creation’

Comment on this story Comment NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has captured a new view of an iconic cosmic site: the region known as the “Pillars of Creation,” where stars are born. The U.S. space agency’s Hubble Space Telescope first photographed the structure in 1995, revealing its columns of gas and dust in the Eagle...