Featuring the Southern Ring Nebula (NIRCam and MIRI Images)

This video highlights Webb’s views of the Southern Ring planetary nebula.

In the Near-Infrared Camera (NIRCam) image, the white dwarf appears to the lower left of the bright, central star, partially hidden by a diffraction spike. The same star appears — but brighter, larger, and redder — in the Mid-Infrared Instrument (MIRI) image. This white dwarf star is cloaked in thick layers of dust, which make it appear larger.

The bright star at the centre of NGC 3132, while prominent when viewed by the NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Telescope in near-infrared light, plays a supporting role in sculpting the surrounding nebula. A second star, barely visible at lower left along one of the bright star’s diffraction spikes, is the nebula’s source. It has ejected at least eight layers of gas and dust over thousands of years.

Credit:

NASA, ESA, CSA, STScI, and the Webb ERO Production Team
Music: Noizefield - Expect the Unexpected

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Release date:12 July 2022, 16:58
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Duration:30 s
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