The “bones” of galaxia IC 5332usually hidden under cosmic dust, could be observed thanks to the work of the James Webb telescope.
According to the Russian news agency Sputnik, This spiral galaxy could be captured in particular detail thanks to the Mid-InfraRed instrument (MIRI) present in the telescope, in charge of the space agencies of the United States, Europe and Canada.
Located 29 million light-years from Earth’s perspective, this galaxy has a diameter of around 66,000 light-years, the European Space Agency (ESA) explained in a statement.
This IC 5332 galaxy is practically facing the position of planet Earth, which allows us to admire the symmetric sweep of its spiral arms, the astronomical organism abounded.
MIRI is the only instrument on the Webb telescope capable of capturing the range of the electromagnetic spectrum known as the mid-infrared, a tool proven to work in environments just 7 degrees Celsius above absolute zero.
“MIRI requires this icy environment in order to keep its highly specialized detectors working properly, and it has an active cooling system to ensure its detectors stay at the right temperature,” ESA said.
The specialized observation capacity of this tool explains why the Webb telescope generates more detailed images such as those now achieved about the IC 5332 galaxy. Thus, regions that looked dark in Hubble telescope observations can now be detailed for astronomical research, explained the agency European space.
With the interaction of information collected by both telescopes, better understandings of the structure and composition of the galaxy IC 5332 can be generated, he revealed.