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James Webb Space Telescope peers into lonely dwarf galaxy with sparkling results

The most powerful space telescope currently in operation has zoomed in on a lone dwarf galaxy in our galactic neighborhood, imaging it in stunning detail.

About 3 million light-years from Earth, the dwarf galaxynamed Wolf–Lundmark–Melotte (WLM) after three astronomers who contributed to its discovery, is close enough that James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) can distinguish individual stars while being able to study a large number of stars simultaneously. The dwarf galaxy, in the constellation of Cetus, is one of the outermost members of the group of local galaxies that contains our galaxy. Its isolated nature and lack of interactions with other galaxies, including the Milky Waymake the WLM useful in studying the evolution of stars in smaller galaxies.

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