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    James Webb telescope snaps mesmerizing image of Cartwheel Galaxy

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    A stunning new image from the James Webb Space Telescope captures the gorgeous Cartwheel Galaxy in never-before-seen detail. The telescope's composite image, released Tuesday (Aug. 2) furthers our understanding of the peculiar wheel-like star system.

    The Cartwheel Galaxy is a chaotic galaxy shrouded in hot dust, 500 million light-years from Earth. And it hides a violent past.

    "Its appearance, much like that of the wheel of a wagon, is the result of an intense event — a high-speed collision between a large spiral galaxy and a smaller galaxy not visible in this image," NASA representatives said in a statement (opens in new tab).

    While the Cartwheel Galaxy has a cartwheel shape now, the galaxy was likely a spiral similar to the Milky Way before the collision. The collision took place at the center of the Cartwheel Galaxy, which created two visible rings that spread out from the impact site. The bright, inner ring teems with hot dust and clusters of young stars, while the outer ring is home to newborn stars and supernovas, according to the statement. Some of the original spiral features are still visible as streaks between the two rings.

    The latest image reveals what's happening to this galactic acrobat as it is reshaped by the collision.

    Two smaller, companion galaxies sit to the left of the Cartwheel Galaxy, with many more galaxies in the background.

    While the Hubble Space Telescope also captured images of the Cartwheel Galaxy, the James Webb Space Telescope's infrared camera reveals more stars than could be seen in visible light. That's because young stars are easier to see through dust when viewed under infrared light, according to the statement.

    The James Webb Space Telescope launched on Dec. 25, 2021 as the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope. The new NASA telescope can find objects 100 times fainter than Hubble could detect.

    James Webb telescope snaps mesmerizing image of Cartwheel Galaxy | Live Science

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    "Its appearance, much like that of the wheel of a wagon, is the result of an intense event — a high-speed collision between a large spiral galaxy and a smaller galaxy not visible in this image," NASA representatives said in a statement (opens in new tab).
    And they know this how?

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    And they know this how?
    This galaxy has been known for quite some time. In grade school we drew pictures of it...with the starship Enterprise next to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FireBrand View Post
    This galaxy has been known for quite some time. In grade school we drew pictures of it...with the starship Enterprise next to it.

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    It just boggles my mind though that everything in the pic is all galaxies, and that represents just a pinpoint in the sky. Think about 360 degrees sphere around the earth and millions of pinpoints with millions of galaxies. Incomprehensible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fuego View Post
    It just boggles my mind though that everything in the pic is all galaxies, and that represents just a pinpoint in the sky. Think about 360 degrees sphere around the earth and millions of pinpoints with millions of galaxies. Incomprehensible.

    The big bang miracle of evolution is amazing

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    It just boggles my mind though that everything in the pic is all galaxies, and that represents just a pinpoint in the sky. Think about 360 degrees sphere around the earth and millions of pinpoints with millions of galaxies. Incomprehensible.
    It will take a moment in Heaven to comprehend the immensity of infinity.

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