Fiery James Webb Space Telescope Image Shows Star Formation

The newest space telescope on the block has detected a glowing cosmic hourglass bursting with vibrant colors and hiding a fledgling star, or protostar, at its heart.

The glowing formation within the Taurus star-The region of formation and the protostar within it have been obscured from telescopes by a dense, dark cloud of gas and dust known as L1527. The formation is only visible in infrared light, making it an excellent target for the near-infrared camera (NIRCam) aboard the James Webb Space Telescope (Webb or JWST).

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