PHANGS: WEBB depicts staggering structure in 19 nearby spiral galaxies

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PHANGS: WEBB depicts staggering structure in 19 nearby spiral galaxies

Post by AVAO » Wed Jan 31, 2024 6:33 am

WEBB depicts staggering structure in 19 nearby spiral galaxies
phys.org | 2024 Jan 29
A new treasure trove of Webb images has arrived. Near- and mid-infrared images show off every facet of these face-on spiral galaxies.
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These Webb images are part of a large, long-standing project, the Physics at High Angular resolution in Nearby GalaxieS (PHANGS) program, which is supported by more than 150 astronomers worldwide. Before Webb took these images, PHANGS was already brimming with data from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, the Very Large Telescope's Multi-Unit Spectroscopic Explorer, and the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array, including observations in ultraviolet, visible, and radio light. Webb's near- and mid-infrared contributions have provided several new puzzle pieces.
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"Webb's new images are extraordinary," said Janice Lee, a project scientist for strategic initiatives at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore. "They're mind-blowing even for researchers who have studied these same galaxies for decades. Bubbles and filaments are resolved down to the smallest scales ever observed, and tell a story about the star formation cycle."

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