Using the powerful James Webb Space Telescope, an international group of scientists found an amazing spiral galaxy1,000 million light years from Earth and located in the constellation of Hercules.
According to a report published on the website of Very interestingthe galaxy was identified as LEDA 2046648 and is officially registered as 2MASX J16583507+3416309 or SDSS J165835.03+341630.7.
The Hercules constellation is located in the northern celestial hemisphere named after the mythical hero, known for his strength and bravery. It is one of the largest, occupying more than 1,000 square degrees of the sky, and is one of the 48 constellations listed by the second-century astronomer Ptolemy.
It is also one of the 88 modern constellations recognized by the International Astronomical Union and, among the prominent stars it has, is rasalgethithe brightest and which is a red giant located approximately 390 light years from our planet.
What did the experts say about this galaxy?
Through a statement, the astronomers who found LEDA 2046648 expressed: “Webb’s keen infrared vision helps the telescope go back in time, as light from the oldest and most distant galaxies is redshifted toward infrared wavelengths.”
“Comparing these galactic fossils with modern galaxies will help us understand how galaxies grew to form the structures we see in the universe todaythey added.
The experts used the Near Infrared Camera (NIRCAM) to capture this galaxy: “Each of Webb’s instruments contains a labyrinthine array of mirrors and other optical elements that redirect and focus starlight gathered by Webb’s main mirror. This particular observation was part of the telescope’s Near-Infrared Imager and Slitless Spectrograph (NIRISS) commissioning campaign.”.
“NIRCam captured this image packed with galaxies while NIRISS was observing a white dwarf called WD 1657+343. This allows us to interpret and compare data from the two different instruments and characterize the performance of NIRISS.”, they concluded.