NASA’s Webb Space Telescope Pierces Through Dust Clouds to Unveil Young Stars in


Webb Carina Nebula Jets (NIRCam Narrowband Filters)

Image of the Cosmic Cliffs, a region at the edge of a gigantic, gaseous cavity within NGC 3324, captured by Webb’s Near-Infrared Camera (NIRCam). This image shows invisible near-infrared wavelengths of light that have been translated into visible-light colors. Credit: Science: Megan Reiter (Rice University), Image: NASA, ESA, CSA, STScI, Image Processing: Joseph DePasquale (STScI), Anton M. Koekemoer (STScI)

Webb’s Infrared Capabilities Pierce Through Dust Clouds to Make Rare Find

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Carina Nebula Jets (Webb NIRCam Narrowband Filters)

Dozens of previously hidden jets and outflows from young stars are revealed in this new image of the Cosmic Cliffs from NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope’s Near-Infrared Camera (NIRCam). The Cosmic Cliffs, a region at the edge of a gigantic, gaseous cavity within NGC 3324, has long intrigued astronomers as a hotbed for star formation.
Many details of star formation in NGC 3324 remain hidden at visible-light wavelengths. Webb is perfectly primed to tease out these long-sought-after details since it can detect jets and outflows seen only in the infrared at high resolution.
This image separates out several wavelengths of light from the iconic First Image revealed on July 12, 2022, which highlight molecular hydrogen, a vital ingredient for star formation. Insets on the right-hand side highlight three regions of the Cosmic Cliffs with particularly active molecular hydrogen outflows.
In this image, red, green, and blue were assigned to Webb’s NIRCam data at 4.7, 4.44, and 1.87 microns (F470N, F444W, and F187N filters, respectively).
Credit: Image: NASA,…



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