James Webb Space Telescope sees major star factory near the Milky Way’s black hole (image)

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

This star-forming region, known as “Sagittarius C,” exhibits 500,000 stars strewn like glitter across a blueish glowing backdrop. One of the major sights owes itself to the James Webb Space Telescope’s Near Infrared Camera (NIRCam) and involves members of a dense cluster of baby stars, or protostars, visible just left of center. Within this cluster also lies a burgeoning star that has already assembled a mass 30 times greater than our sun‘s, yet is still growing. For this star, it will be a short life. In a few million years’ time, the ultra-massive object will explode as a supernova, in contrast to stars with masses similar to our sun‘s that can survive for billions of years.

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