A new image released by NASA from the James Webb Space Telescope reveals a wildly detailed photo of the the Cartwheel Galaxy, named because of its bright center and spoke-like stars angling toward a bright outer ring. The galaxy is 500 million light-years from Earth and its distinct look was caused by a collision of two galaxies even longer ago than we see it now. The video below unveils the image.
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Posted by @thegalacticgal, the video lays the foundation for reaction from Internet users.
"I'm in love with JWST," writes commenter @ya_boi_slade999.
"Not entirely sure why we aren't pointing it at things like Kepler-22b and Trappist to observe the atmosphere for potential signs of life," wonders @poutypout.
"They have pointed it at Trappist," replies @thegalacticgal. "We just haven't gotten the data yet because it's a lot to process."
"So this is what our galaxy will look like?" asks @g.i._shane. "After we collide with Andromeda?"
"I had no idea this was coming!" exclaims @neko47meow. "So incredibly stunning! I'm just speechless."
"From looking at all the photos, it’s amazing how many galaxies are in the background," notes @real_astrophotography. "I don’t think my brain will ever be able to comprehend that."
"First thing I noticed was how many more galaxies the JWST picks up in the background," agrees @garycariveauiii. "Amazing!"
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