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New Light on M82: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Starburst Galaxy with NASA’s Hubble and James Webb Space Telescopes

BySamantha Nguyen

Apr 3, 2024
The James Webb Space Telescope: A Glimpse into the Cosmos

The starburst galaxy M82 was observed by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope in 2006, with the image showing a small box at the galaxy’s core. This represented the area captured by the NIRCam instrument on NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope. In the Webb image, red filaments were visible, which represent polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon emission tracing the shape of the galactic wind.

In the Hubble image, different wavelengths of light were represented by different colors – light at .814 microns was colored red, .658 microns was red-orange, .555 microns was green, and .435 microns was blue. Filters used for these images were F814W, F658N, F555W, and F435W respectively. On the other hand, in the Webb image, light at 3.35 microns was colored red, 2.50 microns was green and 1.64 microns was blue with filters F335M, F250M and F164N used.

The collaboration between NASA, ESA, CSA, STScI and A. Bolatto from the University of Maryland helped capture these stunning images of M82 that provided insight into the galaxy’s structure and dynamics.

By Samantha Nguyen

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