NASA’s James Webb Telescope captures mesmerizing purple galactic vortices in our universe

NASA has revealed new images from its powerful James Webb Space Telescope, this time of an eerie-looking purple spiral galaxy.

Dubbed “NGC 628” by NASA, the swirling distant galaxy is reminiscent of something out of a sci-fi flick, with purple hues and dusty arms.

NASA has revealed new images from its powerful James Webb Space Telescope, this time of an eerie-looking purple spiral galaxy

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NASA has revealed new images from its powerful James Webb Space Telescope, this time of an eerie-looking purple spiral galaxyPhoto credit: NASA

The Webb Telescope captured the eerie image on July 17 before beaming it back to Earth, where it was recorded Barbara Mikulski Archive for Space Telescopes (MAST) – a public library of space imagery that anyone can access.

Gabriel Brammer, an astronomer at the Cosmic Dawn Center at the Niels Bohr Institute at the University of Copenhagen, discovered the image and shared it on Twitter on Monday.

In conversation with The Independenthe said the image “blew him away” when he opened it on his screen.

“This is a galaxy that probably looks very similar to our own Milky Way,” he explained.

“You can see all these knots of individual stars forming, individual supernovae going off, and really study that in detail.”

Viewing the same galaxy from the Hubble telescope or with ground-based telescopes won’t give you the same majestic view, added Dr. Brammer added.

“You see blue stars, you see red stars, you see spiral arms, you see dust lanes.”

These dust trails, he explained, relate to the reddish-brown filaments in the spiral arms.

“In the mid-infrared, you actually see the opposite of that, where this dust isn’t absorbing anymore; we are actually directly observing this dust itself, which is now glowing because the dust itself is emitting.

“We are actually seeing a picture of the gas and dust in this galaxy rather than the stars.”

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Some of the deepest and sharpest infrared images of the distant Universe we’ve seen were revealed last week thanks to the James Webb Telescope – the most powerful of its kind ever built.

The full set of color images was released last week during a televised broadcast from the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

The snaps gave space fans a glimpse of small areas of the universe teeming with galaxies, stars and more.

These include incredibly detailed images of an exploding star and a quintet of galaxies viewed in a new light.

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Nasa also revealed that the orbiting device has spotted signs of water on a planet more than a thousand light-years away.

The “signature of water” was discovered on the giant gas planet WASP 96-b, orbiting a star in a distant galaxy.

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