NASA has celebrated that the Webb Space Telescope was up and running by publishing an image of the deep space that the telescope captured. The image shows a close-up of the birth of sun-like stars and shows the “nearest star-forming region to us”, which although still 390 light years away.
The image shows about 50 young stars, all about the same size as the sun, and in the darkest parts of the image we can even see protostars still forming. As for how the colors in the image form shape and what they are, NASA states that the “huge bipolar jets of molecular hydrogen, shown in red, dominate the image, appearing horizontally across the upper third and vertically on the right. These occur when a star first bursts through its birth envelope of cosmic dust and shoots a pair of opposing jets into space like a newborn first stretching its arms out into the world. “
In its first year of operation, the Webb Space Telescope has produced the deepest infrared image of the distant universe to date, with this known as Webb’s First Deep Field, showing thousands of galaxies and some of the faintest objects ever observed in infrared.