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Inside JWST’s first view of the Local Group’s edge

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A wide-field view of dwarf galaxy Wolf-Lundmark-Melotte (WLM), alongside with the region that JWST imaged using its NIRCam instrument (inset). The power of JWST to reveal individual stars, even the faint, low-luminosity ones, in galaxies like this one located ~3 million light-years away is poised to set us on a better path towards understanding the star-formation history in our Universe across cosmic time. (Credits: ESO; Acknowledgement: VST/OmegaCAM Local Group Survey; NASA, ESA, CSA, K. McQuinn (RU); Processing: Z. Levay (STScI); Edits: E. Siegel)

By studying the dwarf galaxy Wolf-Lundmark-Melotte ~3 million light-years away, JWST reveals the Universe’s star-forming history firsthand.

How and when did the stars in the Universe form?

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