The New James Webb Space Telescope: Exploring Space Like Never Before

Unraveling the Cosmos: Combining Hubble and Webb to Study Starburst Galaxy M82″.

The Hubble Space Telescope captured the starburst galaxy M82 in 2006, as shown on the left. The small box at the galaxy’s core represents the portion observed by the NIRCam instrument on NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope. In the Webb image, red filaments correspond to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon emission and trace the shape of the galactic wind.

On the other hand, different filters were used in the Hubble image to capture light at various wavelengths, resulting in colors ranging from red to blue. For instance, light at .814 microns appears red, .658 microns is red-orange, .555 microns is green, and .435 microns is blue. In contrast, the Webb image uses different filters to capture light at 3.35 microns (red), 2.50 microns (green), and 1.64 microns (blue).

By combining images from both telescopes, scientists can gain a more comprehensive view of M82 and study its structure and composition in greater detail. Researchers can analyze features such as the galactic wind and other aspects of this fascinating galaxy thanks to this collaboration between NASA, ESA, CSA, STScI, and researchers like A. Bolatto from the University of Maryland.

This collaboration showcases how combining data from different telescopes can enhance our understanding of the universe by providing a more complete picture of celestial objects like M82.

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