James Webb Space Telescope peers into lonely dwarf galaxy

The most powerful space telescope currently operating has zoomed in on a lonely dwarf galaxy in our galactic neighborhood, imaging it in stunning detail.

At around 3 million light-years from Earth, the dwarf galaxynamed Wolf-Lundmark-Melotte (WLM) for three astronomers instrumental in its discovery, is close enough that the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) can distinguish individual stars while still being able to study large numbers of stars simultaneously. The dwarf galaxy, in the constellation of Cetus, is one of the most remote members of the local galaxy group that contains our galaxy. Its isolated nature and lack of interactions with other galaxies, including the Milky Waymake WLM useful in the study of how stars evolve in smaller galaxies.

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