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Six of the most amazing space pictures from 2023

Six of the most amazing space pictures from 2023

Right: Wolf-Rayet star WR 124 as glimpsed by JWST NASA, ESA, CSA, STSCI and ERO Production Team The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has helped make 2023 a year of astonishing cosmic images. But the groundbreaking telescope was far from the only source of visual wonderment, because a series of new missions sent back pictures from space, and the view from Earth wasn’t bad either. Here are six of the images that dazzled us the most. The star in the top picture was caught by JWST getting ready to explode. It is called WR 124 and is about 30 times the mass of the sun. When stars that big run out of hydrogen to burn in their core, they begin to fuse heavier elements instead. This fusion creates powerful blasts of energy, blowing out gusts of wind at velocities in the millions of kilometres per hour. When those powerful winds strip away the outer layers of the star, it becomes what is known as a Wolf-Rayet star. Within a few million years of being stripped, …