Artwork from the James Webb Telescope
Launched into space in December 2021, the James Webb Space Telescope was able to see the depths of space with a clarity that we have not seen before. The telescope, which has made dozens of observations possible since the beginning of summer, has again made an eye-catching observation today.
In the observation shared by the European Space Agency, James Webb observed two galaxies colliding with each other this time. Described as ‘IC 1623’, this colliding duo is located 270 million light-years from Earth.
The two galaxies we see above have long been one of the main focuses of astronomers’ research. The two galaxies were previously imaged with the Hubble Space Telescope as follows
According to the details shared by NASA, the collision of these two galaxies causes the formation of 20 times more stars than all the stars in the Milky Way Galaxy. The new observation could offer new insights into scientists’ research about this structure and how stars form.