In 2006, the starburst galaxy M82 was observed by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. The image revealed a small box in the galactic core, imaged by the NIRCam instrument on NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope. Red filaments were visible in the Webb image, representing the polycyclic emission of aromatic hydrocarbons that followed the shape of the galactic wind.

The Hubble image used different wavelengths of light to represent different colors – light at 0.814 microns was colored red, 0.658 microns was red-orange, 0.555 microns was green, and 0.435 microns was blue. The filters used for these images were F814V, F658N, F555V and F435V, respectively. On the other hand, the Webb image used 3.35 micron light to be colored red, 2.50 micron to be green and 1.64 micron to be blue with F335M, F250M and F164N filters used respectively.

This stunning images of M82 were captured through collaboration between NASA, ESA, CSA, STScI and A Bolata from University of Maryland who provided insight into the galaxy’s structure and dynamics.

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