The James Webb Space Telescope has taken beautiful photos of the spiral galaxy NGC 628 (Messier 74), situated more than 1.5 million km from Earth in the constellation Pisces. A result of the strong glow, the astronomers call it a ghost galaxy.
A picture of an XV with James Webb. Image Source: NASA / ESA / CSA / Judy Schmidt
The image was taken with a MIRI camera in a near infrared range. The Messier 74 is often called for its perfect spiral because of its symmetry. Din puncto of view of scientific point of view, the galaxy is interesting because of its black hole that has a medium mass and is situated in its center.
In the past, Messier 74 has repeatedly hit the lens of many scientific instruments of spacecraft, including the Hubble telescope and the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer. One of the new images is that they were made in the mid-infrared range. This became possible due to the unique 18-segment mirror in the James Webb design and to the location of the observatory at a very distant distance from Earth. According to the available data, the most powerful space telescope has ever seen the galaxy Messier 74 this week.
Source: NASA / ESA / Hubble Heritage.
Recall that on July 12th, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NAA) published the first color image of James Webb, and later on the same day made several more stunning images of space objects publicly available. The telescope took the photo of Jupiter on July 14, with three satellites and its rings. Within just a few days of work James Webb has shown itself to be a flexible and powerful tool that can be used to reexamine space objects located at a distance of our planet.
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