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Writer Fuel: James Webb Telescope Captures Star Going Supernova

star going supernova - James Webb Telescope

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has captured a dazzling image of a star about to go supernova in a massive explosion.

The picture, released by NASA on Tuesday (March 14), shows the star WR 124 in the middle of a spectacular cosmic cloud. As it goes supernova, the star, which is about 30 solar masses, is expelling its outer layers; so far, it has ejected more than 10 solar masses’ worth of material. This is a rarely seen phenomenon in some stars’ life cycle called the Wolf-Rayet (WR) phase.

“Massive stars race through their life cycles, and only some of them go through a brief Wolf-Rayet phase before going supernova, making Webb’s detailed observations of this rare phase valuable to astronomers,” NASA officials wrote in a description of the images.

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