(DailyDig.com) – In the most recent photograph from the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), there is an intriguing item in the background that begs an explanation. The object resembles a huge question mark.
It’s most likely a faraway galaxy that collided with another, creating a form resembling a question mark. The form is a probable symptom of the galaxy becoming tidally disturbed by being dragged apart, or warped, owing to the gravitational forces of nearby objects.
Objects in the background, most of which are galaxies, were captured in the observation because of JWST’s very detailed field of view. The question mark, like anything else that doesn’t have the typical six-spoke trademark of a star, is likely to be located outside of our galaxy, far, far away.
Herbig-Haro 46/47 is a closely connected pair of still-developing stars located almost 1,500 light-years away, and the object is just a smudge below them in the image. These two newly formed stars have been under observation for decades. Due to their position on the periphery of a black nebula, they may not seem very impressive when seen in the visible spectrum. However, JWST’s infrared vision was capable of seeing past these obstructions, providing significant details about the surroundings of these two infant stars.
The object’s unusual form may most likely be explained by the fact that it is a merging galaxy or the result of the interaction of two galaxies. There are a number of known celestial occurrences in our universal neighborhood.
This system is most likely quite distant. Due to the higher energy of light produced by merging galaxies that create new stars, their color seems bluer. Although dust around the object or the foreground may sometimes throw off this generalization, that does not seem to be the case for this item.
It is not known whether this new finding will be investigated further. There is a lot on JWST’s schedule, but we still want to know the answer to this mystery.
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