The James Webb Space Telescope has captured another stunning image in deep space. This time, the state-of-the-art telescope turned towards NGC 628 and revealed a swirling, dusty skeleton more like something from a Marvel movie than a spiral galaxy.
The monstrous people spiral of a nearby galaxy is just one of many Webb telescope images to come over the coming days, weeks, and years.
In an interview with The Independent, Gabriel Brammer, one of the researchers at the Cosmic Dawn Center at the Niels Bohr Institute at the University of Copenhagen, said the galaxy looks like our own Milky Way.
“You can see all these knots of individual stars forming; individual supernovae have gone off and really study that in detail, he told the Independent.
While the spiral arms of NGC 628 have been photographed before, Hubble Space Telescope images show them to be quite different from the purple spiral structure captured by Webb’s mid-infrared camera.
Using Hubble or ground-based telescopes, you see blue stars, red stars, spiral arms, and dust lanes when you look at this galaxy, Dr. Brammer said.