Messier 74 (M74):
Referred to as the Phantom Galaxy due to its relatively dim appearance, Messier 74 is a face-on spiral galaxy resembling our Milky Way. Positioned approximately 32 million light-years away, M74 reveals its intricate structure in this composite image. Webb's infrared data outlines gas and dust, while Chandra's X-ray data highlights high-energy activity from stars. Hubble's optical data adds more stars and dust along the dust lanes, completing the visual narrative. (X-ray: purple; optical: orange, cyan, blue; infrared: green, yellow, red, magenta)
Managed by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, the Chandra program collaborates with the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory's Chandra X-ray Center for science operations and flight operations. On the other hand, the James Webb Space Telescope stands as the world's leading space science observatory, unraveling mysteries within our solar system and venturing into the realms of distant worlds and the origins of the universe. This international program, led by NASA in partnership with the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Canadian Space Agency, promises to deepen our understanding of the cosmos.