August 15, 2022

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A composite image captured by the James Webb Space Telescope

The Webb Telescope sees star formation in the Cartwell Wheel Galaxy

The James Webb Space Telescope peered through dust and gas to reveal star formation in a rare wheel-shaped galaxy formed in a galactic crash long ago.

The galaxy is called cartwheel Because of its striking resemblance to an old-fashioned wagon wheel, it was previously studied by Hubble Space TelescopeBut Webb’s infrared look revealed a large number of previously unseen details in galaxystructure.