James Webb Space Telescope sees large star factory near Milky Way black hole (image)

Here is a region of intense star formation, partially hidden by thick dust, just 300 light years from the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy. Best of all, the scene was photographed in all its spectacular glory by none other than the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST).

This star-forming region, known as “Sagittarius C,” features 500,000 stars scattered like glitter on a bluish background. One of the main attractions itself owes itself to the Near Infrared Camera (NIRCam) of the James Webb Space Telescope and involves members of a dense cluster of baby stars, or protostars, visible just left of center. Also within this cluster is a burgeoning star that has already gathered a mass 30 times that of our planet. sun‘s, but continues to grow. For this star, life will be short. In a few million years, the ultra-massive object will explode like a supernovaunlike the stars with masses similar to our sunIt’s one that can survive for billions of years.

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