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A new photograph of the asteroid that NASA just hit with a spacecraft in an effort to jolt it off course was taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, and it provides the best view yet of some unanticipated mission outcomes – a dual tail of dust following after the asteroid system.

About 6,500 light-years from Earth, the region was previously photographed by the Hubble Telescope in 1995, producing an image that space observers regarded “iconic.” The region is located within the Eagle Nebula.

The region’s name comes from the fact that new stars are in the process of forming among the unsettling columns of cosmic dust and gas.

Astronomers were able to get a new, closer look at the region using the Webb telescope’s Near-Infrared Camera, also known as NIRCam, by glimpsing through some of the dusty plumes. This allowed them to see more newborn stars that radiate bright red.

According to a press release from the European Space Agency, newly generated protostars are the show stealers. In the pillars of gas and dust, knots with sufficient mass start to collapse under their own gravity, slowly heat up, and finally create new stars.

Astronomers have visited the scene multiple times since Hubble captured the region’s initial photograph in the 1990s. For instance, the ESA William Herschel Telescope also captured an image of the peculiar star birth region, and in 2014 Hubble produced its own follow-up image. According to ESA, every new instrument that focuses on the area provides researchers with fresh information.

There are wavy lines that resemble lava running along the sides of the pillars. These are ejections from newly formed stars. According to an news release, young stars regularly emit jets that can interact within material clouds, such as these thick pillars of gas and dust.

According to the article, “this occasionally also causes bow shocks, which can create wavy patterns like a boat does when it goes across water.” These young stars will continue to create for millions of years despite being only a few hundred thousand years old, according to one estimate.

NASA, ESA, and the Canadian Space Agency jointly manage Webb. Launched last December, the $10 billion space observatory has enough fuel to keep taking ground-breaking pictures of the cosmos for approximately 20 years.

The space observatory’s large, powerful mirror and infrared light technology can find faint, faraway galaxies that would otherwise be undetectable, and Webb has the potential to improve our understanding of the universe’s beginnings.

The observatory’s capacity to disclose hitherto unknown facets of the cosmos, such as star birth veiled in dust, has been underlined by some of Webb’s initial photographs, which have been appearing since July.

Although the telescope has so far captured photos of Mars, Jupiter, and Neptune, astronomers are also using it to illuminate our own solar system.

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