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JWST has captured a sparkling galaxy full of intense star formation

The Great Barred Spiral Galaxy has some of the most extraordinary regions of star formation of any galaxy we’ve found, and the James Webb Space Telescope has snapped its picture



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16 August 2022

Star formation in this galaxy, NGC 1365, is driven by gas streaming to its centre

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Researchers using the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) have taken an extraordinary picture of a strange galaxy. This galaxy, called NGC 1365 or the Great Barred Spiral Galaxy, has one of the highest star formation rates of any galaxy we’ve ever seen, and JWST has revealed it in more detail than ever before.

The star formation in NGC 1365 is driven by the bar of stars at its centre, connecting its two spiral arms together. …

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