Fiery James Webb Space Telescope image shows star formation

The newest space telescope on the block has discovered a glowing cosmic hourglass filled with vibrant colors and hiding a young star, or protostar, at its heart.

The burning formation in Taurus star-forming region and the protostar within it is hidden from telescopes by a dense, dark cloud of gas and dust known as L1527. The formation is only visible in infrared light, making it an excellent target for the Near Infrared Camera (NIRCam) aboard the James Webb Space Telescope (Webb or JWST).

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