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JWT Carina Nebula #DS-57

   NASA's new James Webb Space Telescope has captured a stunning image of a star-forming region called NGC 3324 in the Carina Nebula. The image, captured in infrared light, reveals previously invisible areas of star birth. The image, nicknamed Cosmic Cliffs, looks like craggy mountains on a moonlit evening. In reality, it is the edge of the giant, gaseous cavity within NGC 3324, and the tallest "peaks" in this image are about 7 light-years high. Ultraviolet radiation from the young stars is sculpting the nebula's wall by slowly eroding it away. Dramatic pillars tower above the glowing wall of gas, resisting this radiation. This image provides a fascinating insight into the early stages of star formation.