Webb Catches A Cosmic Tarantula

Swirling reds, whites, and light yellows mix around in front of a starry sky.
NASA, ESA, CSA, STScI, Webb ERO Production Team
Credit NASA, ESA, CSA, STScI, Webb ERO Production Team
Historical DateOctober 5, 2022
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In this mosaic image stretching 340 light-years across, NASA's James Webb Space Telescope’s Near-Infrared Camera (NIRCam) displays the Tarantula Nebula star-forming region in a new light, including tens of thousands of never-before-seen young stars that were previously shrouded in cosmic dust. The most active region appears to sparkle with massive young stars, appearing pale blue.