James Webb Space Telescope captures mind-blowing image of a fiery space hourglass

Hourglass of Fire image from JWST
L1527 and Protostar (NIRCam Image) (Image credit: SCIENCE: NASA, ESA, CSA, STScI IMAGE PROCESSING: Joseph DePasquale (STScI), Alyssa Pagan (STScI), Anton M. Koekemoer (STScI))

NASA has released another mind-blowing James Webb Space Telescope image unearthed depicting a galactic hourglass of fire. The image illustrates what is known as the dark cloud nebula, L1527, and within this dark cloud lies a Protostar, the very beginnings of the formation of a new star.

Captured by Webb’s Near-Infrared Camera (NIRCam), the image shows invisible near-infrared wavelengths of light, that have been revealed and translated into colors of visible light that make up the elements and components of the image. 

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Beth Nicholls
Staff Writer

A staff writer for Digital Camera World, Beth has an extensive background in various elements of technology with five years of experience working as a tester and sales assistant for CeX. After completing a degree in Music Journalism, followed by obtaining a Master's degree in Photography awarded by the University of Brighton, she spends her time outside of DCW as a freelance photographer specialising in live music events and band press shots under the alias 'bethshootsbands'.