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NASA reveals more detailed images of the Cartwheel galaxy

Images taken by the James Webb Telescope show how the galaxy has changed

A new clearer capture of the galaxy called Cartwheel was achieved thanks to the James Webb special telescope, whose images were revealed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA, for its acronym in English).

Astronomical observation allows delving into the formation of its stars and information about the central black hole that makes up the galactic body, NASA explained in a statement.

The captured image, which looks at two smaller companion galaxies, shows information about how the Cartwheel has changed over billions of years. Sputnik.

NASA stressed that although the Cartwheel galaxy had already been studied in previous observations, Webb's ability to capture it has refined its capture and, therefore, opens up new opportunities for its study.

The Cartwheel galaxy is located 500 million light-years away in the constellation Sculptor. It acquired its particular shape as a result of a high-speed collision between a spiral galaxy and a smaller one, according to NASA.

This phenomenon is capable of modifying galactic structures and forms. As a peculiarity, Cartwheel contains two large rings, a bright inner one and a colorful surrounding one that has been expanding for about 440 million years, which has led to classifying this galaxy as a ring galaxy, unlike spiral galaxies, such as the Milky Way.

The new capture allows us to know that the Wheel of Cart is in a stage of great transition, and in addition to providing information about its continuously changing future, it also allows us to know its history.

In July, it was announced first picture in full color of the James Weeb telescope, belonging to the Webb mission, a NASA partnership with ESA (European Space Agency) and CSA (Canadian Space Agency).

The James Webb Telescope also revealed new images on August 1 that showed the possibility of a new galaxy, much older and more distant, which was baptized with the name CEERS-93316.

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