A stellar nursery nicknamed the Tarantula Nebula has been captured in crisp detail by NASA's Webb telescope.
This Revealing hitherto unseen features that deepen scientific understanding, the agency said.
Officially known as 30 Doradus, the region of space is characterized by its dusty filaments that resemble the legs of a hairy spider.
It has long been a favorite for astronomers interested in star formation.
Thousands of young stars, galaxies, and the detailed structure of the nebula's gas and dust structures were viewable for the first time thanks to Webb's high resolution infrared instruments.
Webb operates primarily in the infrared spectrum, because light from objects in the distant cosmos has been stretched into this wavelength over the course of the universe's expansion.
Webb's Near-Infrared Spectrograph (NIRSpec), which analyzes light patterns to determine the composition of objects.
Astronomic interest in the Tarantula Nebula stems from its similar chemical composition to gigantic star-forming.
It is observed a few billion years after the Big Bang, a period known as "cosmic noon" when star formation was at its peak.
At just 161,000 light-years away, Tarantula is a readily viewable example of this flourishing period of cosmic creation.