James Webb Telescope spots Cosmic hourglass; unveils beginning of new star

This view of L1527 provides a window into what our Sun and solar system looked like in their infancy

Cosmic Telescope (Photo: NASA)

Cosmic Telescope (Photo: NASA)

BS Web Team New Delhi
Located 15,00,000 kilometers away from Earth, James Webb Telescope (JWST) has captured the once hidden feature of the protostar within the dark cloud L1527, Nasa and the European Space Agency said in a recent release.

The astronomers used Webb’s Near-Infrared Camera (NIRCam) to observe the protostar. The dark cloud L1527 is just 1,00,000 years old (a relatively young body). Protostars like these, which are still cocooned in a dark cloud of dust and gas, have a long way to go before they become full-fledged stars.

"These blazing clouds within the Taurus star-forming region are only visible in infrared light, making it an ideal target for Webb’s Near-Infrared Camera (NIRCam)." The release said.

First Published: Nov 18 2022 | 11:32 PM IST

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