Apr 19, 2024, 11:00 AM IST

You can soon observe a ‘new’ star glow.

Emily Horn

The James Webb Space Telescope has recently given astronomers amazing new images of a region of star formation within the Triangulum galaxy, which is known by the name of NGC 604.  

These images, captured using the Near Infrared Camera (NIRCam) and Mid-Infrared Instrument (MIRI) provide unique views that show the dynamism of processes that take place within these stellar plants. 

NGC 604, which is about 3.5 millennia old is home to an incredible cluster of more than 200 massive, young stars, which includes B-type and O-type stars. 

O-type stars, renowned for their size, may exceed 100 times the size of our sun's mass. The abundance of young massive stars is rare in the near universe and is not found in any comparable region in the Milky Way. 

It is located around 2.73 million light-years away from Earth close to the Triangulum galaxy lets astronomers look at these celestial bodies that are still in the process of becoming in incredible detail. 

The Webb team says that this is a pivotal moment to understand the intricacies the process of star creation, a process that continues to enthral scientists, despite being an extensively explored field of study. 

The image from NIRCam of NGC 604 is a glowing red dusty tendrils and emission clumps arising from what appear to be spherical shaped cavities inside the Nebula. 

These cavities have been formed due to the winds that blow from stellar sources of brightest and most hottest young stars. The surrounding gas, ionized with ultraviolet radiation, gives off a glimmering white and blue glow. 

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