New Shots by NASA's James Webb Telescope Unveil Crab Nebula’s Secrets

New Shots by NASA's James Webb Telescope Unveil Crab Nebula’s Secrets

Published: November 02, 2023

NASA's James Webb Space Telescope sheds new light on the Crab Nebula, located 6,500 light-years away. This cosmic wonder is a result of a massive star's explosive end. 

The James Webb Telescope's latest release offers an extraordinary view of the Crab Nebula, uncovering intricate details and the central Crab Pulsar, the heart of this celestial gem.

The Crab Pulsar, born from a supernova about 1,000 years ago, adds a mesmerizing touch to the surrounding gaseous material. 

What sets the James Webb Telescope apart is its ability to capture infrared light, revealing ghostly wisps of charged particles, called synchrotron radiation, moving in response to the Crab Pulsar's magnetic fields.

Tea Temim and her team from Princeton University leverage the James Webb Telescope's advanced technology to analyze the Crab Nebula's composition, especially iron and nickel content, unlocking cosmic mysteries. 

While the Hubble Space Telescope was limited to visible light, the James Webb Telescope ushers in a new era, unraveling the cosmos in unparalleled detail.

The next milestone involves a new Hubble image of the Crab Nebula expected in 2024, enhancing our understanding of this celestial marvel. 

As we venture deeper into the cosmos, the James Webb Telescope continues to be our guiding light, unveiling the universe's secrets and expanding the horizons of space exploration.

'NASA Plus' Launches as an ad-Free Streaming Service

Meanwhile, there’s exciting news from NASA.

An ad-free streaming service "NASA Plus" is set to launch on November 8. What makes it unique is that it's entirely free, making it accessible to all. 

With NASA Plus, people will get access to Emmy Award-winning live coverage and original video series, offering a deep dive into NASA's missions. 

This launch is part of NASA's broader digital transformation, including website and app revamps. A trailer teases the breathtaking views of our planet and beyond that NASA Plus will deliver. 

The timing couldn't be better as NASA gears up to send four astronauts to the Moon for the first time in 52 years.

The historic Artemis II mission is slated for November 2024, with astronauts voyaging to the lunar surface using NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and the Orion spacecraft. 

Edited by Nikola Djuric

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