Transition Video: Webb's views of NGC 4449

This video highlights Webb’s two new views of the dwarf galaxy NGC 4449This galaxy, also known as Caldwell 21, resides roughly 12.5 million light-years away in the constellation Canes Venatici. It is part of the M94 galaxy group, which lies close to the Local Group that hosts our Milky Way.

The first image was captured by Webb’s MIRI, or the Mid-InfraRed Instrument. This image reveals the galaxy’s creeping tendrils of gas, dust and stars. The bright blue spots reveal countless individual stars, while the bright yellow regions that weave throughout the galaxy indicate concentrations of active stellar nurseries, where new stars are forming. The orange-red areas indicate the distribution of a type of carbon-based compounds known as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (or PAHs) — the F770W filter is particularly suited to imaging these important molecules.

The second image was captured by Webb’s NIRCam, or Near-InfraRed Camera. In this image, the bright red spots correspond to regions rich in hydrogen that have been ionised by the radiation from the newly formed stars. The diffuse gradient of blue light around the central region shows the distribution of older stars. The compact light-blue regions within the red ionised gas, mostly concentrated in the galaxy’s outer region, show the distribution of young star clusters.


ESA/Webb, NASA & CSA, A. Adamo (Stockholm University) and the FEAST JWST team, N. Bartmann (ESA/Webb)
Music: Stellardrone - Stardome

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Release date:29 May 2024, 14:00
Duration:30 s
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