The famous Ring Nebula, commonly known as Messier 57, has been the subject of stunning new photos taken by NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (WST). This can help astronomers study these objects’ chemical evolution using pictures like this.
- The Ring Nebula (also known as Messier 57, M57, and NGC 6720) is a planetary nebula in the northern constellation of Lyra.
- It was born from a dying star that expelled its outer layers into space, making it a planetary nebula.
- Planetary nebulae come in a variety of shapes and patterns, some include delicate glowing rings, wispy clouds, and expanding bubbles.
James Webb Telescope
- The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), a ground-breaking space observatory, is one of NASA’s most ambitious and challenging missions.
- It is intended to replace the Hubble Space Telescope and has the potential to improve our understanding of the cosmos dramatically.
- The Canadian Space Agency (CSA), the European Space Agency (ESA), and NASA worked together to develop the JWST.
- The telescope is designed to operate in the infrared range, enabling it to see through dust clouds and observe distant objects with greater clarity.
- The telescope will also study objects within our solar system, such as asteroids, comets, and the outer planets.
- The JWST will study exoplanets, planets orbiting stars beyond our solar system, to characterize their atmospheres and potential habitability.
- The JWST was launched on an Ariane 5 rocket from the French Guiana Space Centre on December 25, 2021.
- It is situated on the second Lagrange point (L2), around 1.5 million kilometers (almost 1 million miles) from Earth.