A MONSTER “space tarantula” lurking 161,000 light-years from Earth has been captured with never-before-seen stars in new NASA photos.
NASA revealed the latest photos from the James Webb Space Telescope on Tuesday, which revealed the “space tarantula”
These images were specifically focused on the Tarantula Nebula, which is a mass of interstellar gas and dust and home to many stars.
The Tarantula Nebula is 340 light-years across, according to AccuWeather.
It is also in the same galactic neighborhood as the Milky Way.
The nebula measures 340 light-years in diameter and is the largest and brightest star-forming region in the galactic neighborhood where the Milky Way resides.
“Dubbed the Tarantula Nebula for the appearance of its dusty filaments in previous telescope images, the nebula has long been a favorite of astronomers studying star formation,” NASA said.
“The area resembles the home of a burrowing, silk-lined tarantula.”
While the Hubble Space Telescope has already captured images of the Tarantula Nebula, the new Webb Telescope is revealing more details.
NASA combined images from the Hubble and Webb telescopes to create these new images.
It’s a plan that NASA says will be used in the future.
“Hubble and Webb will work together to show the universe in different wavelengths of light,” NASA said.
“Two space telescopes, twice the power of stars.”
NASA also said that this part of space is constantly creating new stars, which makes it exciting to photograph.
“One of the reasons the Tarantula Nebula is interesting to astronomers is that the nebula has a sort of chemical composition similar to the gigantic star-forming regions observed at the “cosmic noon” of the universe, when the cosmos was only a few billion years old, and star formation was at its peak,” NASA explained.
“This makes Tarantula the closest example of what was happening in the universe when it reached its bright noon.”