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A Stunning New View of this Lonely Dwarf Galaxy is being Provided by Webb

By Aazam

The James Webb Space Telescope Early Release Science programme, which was originally made available on July 12, 2022, has proven to be a remarkable treasure trove of new inventions.

The study of resolved stellar populations (RSTs), which was the subject of ERS 1334, is one of the many fields of research that it is allowing.

One of the investigators for the Webb ERS programme, Kristen McQuinn is an assistant professor of astrophysics at Rutgers University whose research is focused on RSTs.

She recently discussed how the JWST has made it possible for new investigations of the WLM with Natasha Piro, a NASA senior communications expert.

Astronomers have noted that other nearby dwarf galaxies are frequently linked with the Milky Way, indicating that they are in the process of merging, when they have examined these nearby dwarf galaxies.

Early population stars' cores generated elements including carbon, oxygen, silicon, and iron, which were dispersed when these stars exploded in supernovae.

Individual stars and characteristics may be distinguished because of the improved suite of instruments and much deeper viewpoint offered by Webb's infrared optics.

McQuinn said ERS 1334 would draw on Spitzer, Hubble, and other space telescopes' knowledge to understand more about galaxy star production.

Since low-mass stars are likely to have extended lifetimes, WLM is especially interesting since some of the stars found there may have originated in the early Universe.

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