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NASA Telescope Captures ‘Heavenly’ Image of Star Birth

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A new image released by the European Space Agency reveals a massive star-forming region called N79 within the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way.

The image, captured by the James Webb Telescope, shows glowing gas, dust, and embedded baby stars within the clouds.

N79 offers insights into the early universe and the chemical evolution of galaxies, as it produces stars at a faster rate and has a chemical composition similar to that of the early universe.

“A massive cluster is born,” the ESA (European Space Agency) wrote.

“N79 produces stars at a furious rate, much faster than star-forming regions found in our own galaxy. In fact, N79’s chemical composition is similar to those from the early universe, when star formation was at its peak,” the ESA wrote. “Here, those vivid rays resembling sunlight are actually diffraction spikes. Most noticeable for bright, compact objects, diffraction spikes are somewhat like a telescope’s ‘signature.’”

“The eight-point pattern is the result of the telescope’s hexagonal mirror design, combined with its secondary mirror struts. Meanwhile, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope produces a four-pointed diffraction spike pattern due to its circular mirror,” the ESA added.

The telescope’s design creates an eight-point diffraction spike pattern, allowing it to view old, distant, or faint objects in infrared.

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