orange and blue wispy hourglass shape against a starry sky

Fiery James Webb Space Telescope image shows early days of star formation

The block’s newest space telescope spotted a blazing cosmic hourglass filled with vibrant color and hiding a fledgling star, or protostar, at its heart.

The flamboyant formation within Taurus star-the formation region and the protostar it contains have been hidden from telescopes by a dense, dark cloud of gas and dust known as L1527. The formation is only visible in infrared light, making it an excellent target for the Near Infrared Camera (NIRCam) aboard the James Webb Space Telescope (Webb or JWST).

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