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New James Webb Space Telescope image released to celebrate 1st year of observations is absolutely stunning (photo)

To mark the one-year anniversary of James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) observations on Wednesday, July 12, 2023, NASA has released a stunning image that shows star birth in a way that it has never been seen before.

The new JWST image features the closest star-forming region to Earth, the Rho Ophiuchi cloud complex. Though a small and relatively peaceful stellar nursery, the powerful telescope’s visualization represents a chaotic close-up of the region located 390 light-years from Earth. 

“The JWST’s image of Rho Ophiuchi allows us to witness a very brief period in the stellar lifecycle with new clarity,” a JWST project scientist at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Maryland, Klaus Pontoppidan said in a statement. “Our own Sun experienced a phase like this long ago, and now we have the technology to see the beginning of another’s star’s story.”

The Rho Ophiuchi stellar nursery is seen in stunning detail by the James Webb Space Telescope in an image released to celebrate a year of observations from the powerful space telescope on July 12. (Image credit: NASA, ESA, CSA, STScI, Klaus Pontoppidan (STScI))
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