NASA: Spectacular images of the Orion Nebula (VIDEO)

Located 1.350 light-years from Earth, it is thought to be an environment similar to the one in which our solar system was born 4,5 billion years ago

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Impressive are the new images captured by the James Webb Space Telescope from the Orion Nebula, which is located 1.350 light-years from Earth and is considered an environment similar to the one in which our solar system was born 4,5 billion years ago.

The international team of researchers who released the images intend to study the new data in order to better understand the conditions that prevailed during the creation of our solar system.

Taking these images is one of the main priorities of the James Webb Space Telescope mission, for which more than 100 scientists from 18 countries around the world have joined forces.

"We are amazed by the spectacular images of the Orion Nebula," said astrophysicist Els Peters of the University of Western Ontario in Canada. "They allow us to better understand how massive stars transform the clouds of gas and dust in which they were born," he added.

Nebulae are shrouded in large amounts of dust, making them extremely difficult to observe with telescopes such as Hubble. The state-of-the-art James Webb Space Telescope has equipment that allows it to "see" through these layers of dust.

"We hope to get to the point of understanding the entire birth cycle of a star," says astrophysicist Edwin Bergin of the University of Michigan in the US.

A $10 billion technological masterpiece, the James Webb Space Telescope launched about eight months ago and is nearly 1,5 million kilometers from Earth.

Source: RES-EAP