Astrophotography enthusiasts and space enthusiasts alike are captivated by a mesmerizing image of the Carina nebula, courtesy of Kiko Fairbairn. The vivid red hues draw the viewer’s attention to the smaller nebula offshoot, NGC 3324. Notably, this region was the focal point for the revolutionary James Webb Space Telescope (JWST).
Harel Boren’s image of the Carina nebula with NGC 3324 in red serves as a reminder of the JWST’s pivotal role. The telescope, with its cutting-edge technology and unprecedented capabilities, allows scientists to explore distant celestial wonders like never before.
For further context, a comparison between La Silla Observatory’s Earth-based image and that of Hubble and JWST reveals a remarkable contrast in detail retention. The JWST’s ability to capture intricate features and structures in the Carina nebula leaves researchers in awe of its potential for unraveling the secrets of the cosmos.
A great piece of astrophotography from Kiko Fairbairn showing the Carina nebula in red from Earth.
A view of the Carina nebula taken by Harel Boren with the smaller nebula offshoot NGC 3324 highlighted in red which is where JWST was pointed.
A view of NGC 3324 taken by the La Silla Observatory in Chile with the “cosmic cliffs” section in red.
A comparison from the La Silla Observatory image taken on Earth, with Hubble below, and the new JWST image at the bottom.
A comparison from the La Silla Observatory image again , with Hubble below, and the JWST image at the bottom. The detail that JWST retains is mind blowing!