NASAThe release of the first images from the James Webb telescope last week took the world by storm, but another image has surfaced showing the purple spiral arms of a phantom galaxy 32 million light-years from Earth that some say bear a striking resemblance to a Doctor Who vortex. .
Gabriel Brammeran astronomer at the Cosmic Dawn Center at the University of Copenhagen’s Niels Bohr Institute created an image of the “phantom galaxy” – officially known as NGC 628 or Messier 74 – by analyzing raw data from NASA’s James Webb Telescope. publicly available.
Webb took a picture of NGC 628 on July 17 and sent the data back to Earth, where it was stored in the Barbara Mikulski Space Telescope Archive (MAST), an archive that holds data from 16 NASA telescopes, including ongoing missions such as the Hubble Space Telescope and Kepler. a space observatory looking for planets around other stars.
The purple swirling arms shown in the image don’t actually have that stunning shade of purple, they appear to be that color because the molecules that make up the galaxy are emitting radiation.
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Gabriel Brammer, an astronomer, created this image using processed raw data that NASA makes available to the public. The galaxy is not necessarily purple, but the color comes from the wavelengths emitted by the radiation within the galaxy’s molecule.
Christine Pulliam of the James Webb Telescope (JWST) confirmed to DailyMail.com that the image is from actual Webb data and explained that while some Webb programs keep the data secret for a year for analysis by NASA scientists, other raw information is released publicly to the archive. for the experts to see.
The purple color comes from the wavelengths emitted by radiation within the galaxy.
These wavelengths are in the part of the spectrum dominated by the emission of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) molecules.
“For more context, the purple tint here is actually ‘real’ in the sense that the emission from interstellar cigarette smoke (PAH molecules) makes the filters used for the blue and red channels brighter compared to the green,” Brammer wrote. in a tweet.
The archive contains data from 16 NASA telescopes, including ongoing missions such as the Hubble Space Telescope and the Kepler Space Observatory, which searches for planets around other stars. Another space enthusiast created a version of the galaxy with the same data
The spiral arms of NGC 628 have been photographed before, but they were captured by the Hubble Space Telescope in visible light (pictured).
The spiral arms of NGC 628 have been photographed before, but they were captured in visible light by the Hubble Space Telescope.
Some say the galaxy bears a striking resemblance to Doctor Who’s vortex.
Dr. Janice Lee, chief scientist at the Gemini Observatory, commented on Brammer’s image in a tweet: “We’re drinking from the firehouse.
On July 12, NASA shared the first collected images of James Webb with the world.
Millions of people tuned in to the US Space Agency’s livestream, eagerly awaiting the first official images of deep space.
The gallery included a “stellar nursery”, a dying star obscured by dust, and a “cosmic dance” between a group of galaxies.
One of five stunning photographs published shows a planetary nebula caused by a dying star – a fate that awaits our Sun in the distant future.
The South Rim Nebula, nearly half a light-year across and about 2,500 light-years from Earth, can be seen in incredible, never-before-seen detail.
In another image, Stephen’s Quintet, located in the constellation Pegasus, is famous for being the first compact group of galaxies, discovered in 1877.
Four of the five galaxies in this quint are frozen in a cosmic dance of repeated close encounters.
Sea of Stars: Dazzling, unprecedented images of the “stellar nursery,” a dying star shrouded in dust, and the “cosmic dance” between a group of galaxies have been revealed to the world by NASA’s new Super Space Telescope. Among them is an image showing young stars in the Carina Nebula (pictured), where ultraviolet radiation and stellar winds form colossal walls of dust and gas.
One image shows Stephen’s Quintet, which is located in the constellation Pegasus and is notable for being the first compact group of galaxies ever discovered in 1877.
Another image shows a planetary nebula caused by a dying star, a fate that awaits our Sun sometime in the distant future.
Two cameras aboard Webb took the final image of this planetary nebula, cataloged as NGC 3132 and informally known as the South Rim Nebula. It is located about 2500 light years from us. One image was taken in the near infrared (left) and the other in the mid-infrared (right).
This huge mosaic is Webb’s largest image to date, covering about one-fifth of the moon’s diameter. It contains over 150 million pixels and consists of almost 1000 individual image files.
NASA said the information provides new insight into how galactic interactions may have influenced the evolution of galaxies in the early universe.
Webb also showed a brilliant image of young stars in the Carina Nebula, where ultraviolet radiation and stellar winds form colossal walls of dust and gas.
The “space cliffs” of the Carina Nebula – a star-forming region located about 7,600 light-years from Earth in our own Milky Way galaxy – were previously photographed by Hubble.
However, the new species offers a rare glimpse of stars in their earliest and fastest stages of formation, including hundreds that were previously completely hidden from our view.