See thousands of stars in a galaxy 17 million light-years away captured by the James Webb Space Telescope

The James Webb Space Telescope has recently released new photos that give us a view of a galaxy located 17 million light-years away. The photographs, which were released on Friday, are a part of a "astronomical treasure trove" that assembles studies of star formation.

According to NASA, the "delicate tracery of dust and bright star clusters" are located in the spiral galaxy NGC 5068, which is 17 million light-years away from the Earth. The galaxy, which lies in the Virgo constellation, is described on the telescope's website as being "as never before."

The center of the galaxy may be seen in one photograph, which appears to be marked by a blazing white bar, according to the European Space Agency.

The image's description from the European Space Agency reads, "Thousands upon thousands of tiny stars that make it up can be seen, most dense in a whitish bar that forms its core." "Dust clumps and filaments follow the twist of the galaxy and its spiral arm, forming an almost skeletal structure. The dust conceals large, incandescent bubbles of crimson gas.

Three asteroid tracks are seen in the galaxy in another image taken by the telescope's MIRI instrument as "tiny blue-green-red dots." However, NASA claimed that such asteroid tails did not truly traverse the galaxy. They only became visible due to the fact that "they are much closer to the telescope than the distant target."

The asteroid travels and appears in a slightly different location in each frame as Webb takes multiple pictures of the celestial object, according to the European Space Agency.

The agency stated that this project's goal is to "create an astronomical treasure trove," or "a repository of observations of star formation in nearby galaxies." This project includes the creation of these galactic pictures. Before the Webb telescope, it was impossible to see past the gas and dust that surround developing stars. However, NASA said that because to the telescope's special tools, researchers were able to see "right through the gargantuan clouds of dust in NGC 5068 and captured the processes of star formation as they happened."

It is hoped that having this collection would enable astronomers to expand their understanding of stars and space.