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The James Webb Telescope shows the Ring Nebula in unprecedented detail

The James Webb Telescope shows the Ring Nebula in unprecedented detail

M57 Breathtaking images: The James Webb Telescope shows the Ring Nebula in unprecedented detail

“The James Webb Space Telescope has given us an extraordinary view of the Ring Nebula, unlike anything we’ve seen before,” said one of the co-authors.

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The James Webb Space Telescope is bringing the Ring Nebula, more than 2,000 light-years away, up close: the researchers are also amazed by the new images.

The Ring Nebula – also known as Messier 57 – is a popular object of observation among astronomy enthusiasts, as it can be found in the night sky even with the smallest telescopes. Then its shape resembles a donut.

However, it is likely that amateur astronomers will not be able to achieve the optical power demonstrated by the James Webb Space Telescope. NASA’s Extremely Powerful Telescope delivers new images that show the planetary nebula in new detail. More than 2,200 light-years from Earth, the nebula is what scientists have determined is the remnant of a dead star, with only its gaseous envelope remaining. It is said that this process took place in the universe about 20,000 years ago.

James Webb’s photos reveal the last chapters of the star’s life

Today, the Ring Nebula fascinates both scientists and ordinary people – especially after the new images. “The James Webb Space Telescope has given us an extraordinary view of the Ring Nebula, unlike anything we’ve seen before,” said Mike Barlow of University College London and project leader for the JWST Ring Nebula Imager. “The high-resolution images not only reveal the intricate details of the nebula’s expanding atmosphere, but also the inner region around the central white dwarf with remarkable clarity.”

“We are witnessing the final chapters of the star’s life, a glimpse into the sun’s distant future, so to speak,” Barlow continued. His colleague Albert Ziegelstra, professor of astrophysics at the University of Manchester, said: “We are amazed at the detail in the images, they are better than ever. We always knew planetary nebulae are beautiful, and what we see now is amazing.” However, the researchers are interested in more than dimension. Aesthetic of images provided by the James Webb Space Telescope. They hope to gain more insights into the evolution and life cycles of stars.

sources: University of Manchester / BBC

Take a look at the photo gallery: For a year now, the James Webb Telescope has been providing amazing images from space. For remembrance there is a look at the cosmic nursery.

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