The James Webb Space Telescope finds Cartwheel Galaxy and capture a new beautiful image. This Discovered galaxy revealing the spinning ring of color in unprecedented clarity.
This Galaxy is located 500 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Sculptor. The Cartwheel gained its shape during a spectacular head-on collision between two galaxies.
The impact sent two rings expanding from the galaxy's center, "like ripples in a pond after a stone is tossed into it", NASA and the ESA said in a joint statement.
A smaller white ring remains closer to the galaxy's center, while the outer ring, with its spokes of color, has been expanding into the universe for around 440 million years.
As the outer ring expands it runs into gas, sparking the formation of new stars, NASA and the ESA said.
The Hubble telescope had previously captured images of the rare ring galaxy, It looked like a spiral galaxy like our own Milky Way before it was hit by a smaller intruder galaxy.
Webb's ability to detect infrared light allowed it to see through the "tremendous amount of hot dust" obscuring the view of the Cartwheel Galaxy.
This revealed new details about star formation in the galaxy, as well as the behavior of the supermassive black hole at its heart.
It was also able to detect regions rich in hydrocarbons and other chemicals, as well as dust that is similar to dust on Earth.
Behind the Cartwheel galaxy, two smaller galaxies shine brightly, while even more galaxies can be seen behind them.
Webb gives us a snapshot of the current state of the Cartwheel, it also provides insight into what happened to this galaxy in the past and how it will evolve in the future.