As per reports, in the region where this picture was clicked, clouds of dust and gas can only be seen in infrared wavelengths and James Webb specializes in it. The infrared technology in James Webb’s camera is capable of bringing such scenes to the world. This is the Taurus star-forming region, the clouds in which have been observed using Webb’s Near-Infrared Camera (NIRCam).
Countdown to a new star ⏳
Hidden in the neck of this “hourglass” of light are the very beginnings of a new star — a protostar. The clouds of dust and gas within this region are only visible in infrared light, the wavelengths that Webb specializes in: https://t.co/DtazblATMW pic.twitter.com/aGEEBO9BB8
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NASA says that the blue color tells about the area where the dust is thinnest. Thick layers of dust can be understood by the orange colour. If we talk about the hidden star, then it is hidden in the middle of the picture, which connects the two ‘wings’. Its light is leaking in above and below the protoplanetary disk and illuminating the surrounding gas and dust.
Observations suggest that L1527 is about 100,000 years old. It is believed to be a class zero protostar, the earliest stage of star formation. It is not yet known how long it will take for the star to be ‘born’ i.e. to shine like a star. Scientists say studying this puzzling object will help them learn more about what the solar system and the Sun looked like at the beginning of their formation.
Talk about the James Webb Space Telescope, it is the largest telescope ever deployed in space. The agency launched it in December last year. James Webb’s construction cost $ 10 billion (about Rs 75,330 crore). This telescope has shown many wonderful pictures of deep space.