The "hourglass" captured by the Webb Telescope
The image of the hourglass recorded by the Webb Telescope gives an idea of the shape of the sun in its growth stages.

NASA’s James Webb Telescope (JWST) was able to capture through infrared images, a spectacular blazing «hourglass», which will give rise to new stars in the Taurus star formation region, exactly in the dark cloud L1527.

According to the space agency, the image depicts blue and orange clouds (representative), the cavities created «as the material moves away from the protostar and collides with surrounding matter,» which fuels the growth of the nascent star.

The «chaos» caused by L1527 originated about 100,000 years ago, so it qualifies as a relatively young Class 0 body, the earliest stage in star formation. Given its age, L1527 does not yet generate its own energy through nuclear fusion with hydrogen and is only 20% to 40% of our Sun.

This protostar has a long way to go in its galactic life enveloped in that huge dark cloud of dust before it becomes a full-fledged star.

The visual data collected by the James Webb provides a window into what our Sun looked like in the early stages of an «early solar system».

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