The James Webb Telescope captures the “Horsehead” Nebula in unprecedented detail

The James Webb Space Telescope has captured images of the iconic Horsehead Nebula – a cold cloud of gas located about 1,300 light years from Earth – with an unprecedented level of detail and resolution.

The observations showed a part of that nebula in a totally new light that has allowed us to capture all its complexity, NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA), responsible together with the Canadian agency (CSA) for the telescope, reported this Monday.

The “Horsehead” nebula, also known as Barnard 33, emerged from turbulent waves of dust and gas, and was formed from the collapse of an interstellar cloud of material, space agencies have explained, detailing that it shines because It is illuminated by a nearby hot star.

The gas clouds surrounding that nebula have already dissipated, but the protruding pillar is made up of thick clumps of material that is more difficult to erode, and astronomers estimate that it has about five million years left before disintegrating.