James Webb Space Telescope snaps dazzling galactic dance

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The James Webb Space Telescope has earned the wonderment of the world since its first images were shared with the public in July. On Tuesday, the $10 billion instrument revealed its latest mesmerizing find – a cluster of galaxies tangled in a gravitational dance in the distant cosmos.

Webb “peered into the chaos of the Cartwheel Galaxy, revealing new details about star formation and the galaxy’s central black hole. Webb’s powerful infrared gaze produced this detailed image of the Cartwheel and two smaller companion galaxies against a backdrop of many other galaxies. This image provides a new view of how the Cartwheel Galaxy has changed over billions of years,” the European Space Agency announced.

“The Cartwheel Galaxy, located about 500 million light-years away in the Sculptor constellation, is a rare sight. Its appearance, much like that of the wheel of a wagon, is the result of an intense event – a high-speed collision between a large spiral galaxy and a smaller galaxy not visible in this image. Collisions of galactic proportions cause a cascade of different, smaller events between the galaxies involved; the Cartwheel is no exception,” the ESA explained.

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