July 18, 2024
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Child star creates red, white and blue fireworks in new JWST image

Nebula L1527 and its erupting protostar put on a celestial fireworks display, captured by the James Webb Space Telescope. (Image credit: NASA, ESA, CSA, STScI)

Just in time for Independence Day, NASA has released a stunning image from the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) showing incredible red, white, and blue fireworks exploding in the cosmos.

As the United States celebrates its birthday, this cosmic “red rocket glow” is actually the violent eruption of an infant star at the heart of the blue-and-white cloud of gas and dust, or nebulawhich gave rise to it. The nebula in question is called L1527which is located about 460 light years from Earth in the Taurus constellation.

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