NASA has spotted a remarkable “fiery hourglass” in space that could reveal some mysteries closer to home.
Captured by the powerful James Webb Space Telescope, the stunning image shows a new star as it forms.
In it we see dark clouds – officially known as L1527 – made up of dust and gas.
But we also get a glimpse of intriguing orange and blue glows as material shoots away from the star, creating an hourglass-like effect.
Nasa says the upper central region has bubble-like shapes due to stellar “burps.”
The body is in the earliest stages of star formation, making it a protostar for now.
It’s about 100,000 years old, which is actually pretty young by space standards.
Aside from being an amazing view, the photo shows what our own sun and solar system looked like when they formed.
“Given the density, it’s not uncommon to see a lot of this material clumping together — the beginnings of planets,” NASA said.
“Ultimately, this view of L1527 offers a glimpse of what our Sun and Solar System looked like in their infancy.”
But we couldn’t see the view with our own eyes.
This was made possible thanks to the James Webb Space Telescope’s near-infrared camera (NIRCam).
The brand new telescope has already impressed since its launch on Christmas Day 2021.
In July, Nasa unveiled the deepest and sharpest infrared image of the distant Universe to date.
Webb’s mission is to uncover the hidden depths of our universe and peer into the faint light of early stars and galaxies that formed about 250 million years ago after the Big Bang.
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