According to scientists, the enigmatic structure resembling a question mark captured in a recent image from the James Webb Space Telescope is believed to be the result of the amalgamation of two or more galaxies. Image Credit: NASA, ESA, CSA, J. DePasquale

The latest image obtained by the James Webb Space Telescope reveals a remarkable scene of what scientists identify as a duo of stars in the midst of active formation.

However, observant viewers wasted no time in spotting a smaller yet captivating detail located at the lowermost part of the frame: a distinct orange structure resembling a question mark, complete with its tail.

The image showcases a closely entwined pair of youthful stars recognized as Herbig-Haro 46/47. Encircled by a disk comprised of gas and dust, the scene also features distant galaxies and stars that punctuate the background.



So, what precisely is this phenomenon? According to scientists, the punctuation-shaped entity seems to depict the merging of two or more galaxies. This intricate process involves galaxies colliding phenomenon responsible for the formation of galaxies like our own Milky Way.

Kai Noeske, ESA communication program officer, explained via email, "It appears to be a collection or an incidental arrangement of 2 or 3 galaxies. The upper segment of the question mark bears the resemblance of a distorted spiral galaxy, potentially in the process of merging with a second galaxy."