The James Webb Space Telescope has transmitted to Earth a photograph of the star WR 124, which will soon turn into a supernova. It is located in the constellation Sagittarius at a distance of 15,000 light years from our planet.
What is known
James Webb took a picture of the WR 124 last summer. The star is in the Wolf-Rayet stage, after which a supernova explosion will occur. Scientists have calculated that the mass of WR 124 exceeds the mass of the Sun by 30 times. In addition, the mass of ejected matter is 10 times the mass of our star.
The star ejects matter, which turns into cosmic dust after cooling. It is very attractive to scientists because it allows them to learn more about how stars and planets form in our universe. I am glad that cosmic dust is perfectly visible in the infrared range.
Interestingly, astronomers do not know how a cosmic palm is formed. There is more of it than scientific theories predict. The James Webb Space Telescope is expected to help scientists unravel this mystery.