Explosive ‘star factory’ image marks the James Webb telescope’s one-year anniversary of operations

One year after kicking off operations, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has already revolutionized our view of the universe. And to celebrate JWST’s first birthday, scientists have released one of the telescope’s most gorgeous images yet.

The new picture is a close-up of Rho Ophiuchi, a star-forming region roughly 390 light-years away in the constellation Ophiuchus. This dense cloud complex consists of two major regions thick with dust and gas, each of which acts as a star factory.

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