A grandiose hourglass of space dust captured by the James web telescope

The new image captured by the James Webb Telescope is dreamlike. It looks like a huge hourglass of flames and wind, suspended in space. It is actually a majestic cloud of space dust which surrounds, on both sides, the star in formation “protostar L1527”, located in the constellation of Taurus.

The very young star is hidden in the dark by the edge of a rotating disk of gas at the neck of the hourglass. But his light “leaks” above and below this disc, illuminating cavities in the surrounding gas and dust, explained NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) in a joint press release.

Clouds are created by material ejected from the star colliding with surrounding material. The dust is finer in the blue parts, thicker in the orange parts.


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