The James Webb Space Telescope recently captured amazingly detailed images of one of the most well-known objects in space: the Ring Nebula. This planetary nebula is a region of dense dust and gas formed from the cast-off layers of a dying star.
The Webb telescope detects infrared light—light given off as heat that’s invisible to the human eye. That allowed scientists to take stunning pictures of the nebula that revealed never-before-seen details in its outer shell and the dying star at its center. “There are a lot of beautiful things out there,” says Albert Zijlstra, an astrophysicist at the University of Manchester in England and member of the team that took the images. “And there’s still a lot of things that have yet to be discovered.”