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Envisioning the Webb telescope in operation
Artist's depiction of James Webb Space Telescope observing the Small Magellanic Cloud

Image: NASA, ESA, CXC, the University of Potsdam, JPL-Caltech, and STScI

This artist's illustration shows the James Webb Space Telescope observing a vibrant star-forming region, called N90, in the Small Magellanic Cloud, one of our Milky Way galaxy's closest galactic neighbors. The Hubble image of the star-forming region is a blend of observations taken in X-rays and visible and near-infrared light. Infrared light sees through the dust that blankets star-forming regions to uncover the glow of young stars that cannot be seen in visible light. The Webb telescope will peer deeper into this dusty stellar nursery, revealing information about the material that comes together to form new stars and planetary systems.