The James Webb Space Telescope: A Glimpse into the Cosmos

Unveiling the Inner Workings of M82: A Multiwavelength Study with Hubble and Webb

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

In 2006, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope captured a stunning image of starburst galaxy M82, with a small box at its core representing the area captured by NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope in 2017. The collaboration between NASA, ESA, CSA, STScI and A. Bolatto from University of Maryland helped capture these images that provide insight into M82’s structure and dynamics.

Different wavelengths of light are represented by different colors in both images – .814 microns is colored red in Hubble image and F335M filter used in Webb image while .658 microns is represented as red-orange in Hubble and F250M filter used in Webb; .555 microns is green in Hubble and F164N filter used in Webb; .435 microns is blue in Hubble and F435W filter used

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