Top of page

Ring Nebula – NIRCam

A planetary nebula seen in vivid colours.

The captivating allure of the Ring Nebula was captured by the Near-Infrared Camera (NIRCam) on the James Webb Space Telescope.

This celestial wonder, known as M57 or NGC 6720, comes from a star that is shedding its outer layers as it nears the end of its life cycle. Located some 2,500 light-years from Earth, this planetary nebula features complex formations that bear witness to the final phases of a star in decline. (Credits: ESA/Webb, NASA, CSA, M. Barlow (University College London), N. Cox (ACRI-ST), R. Wesson (Cardiff University))

View in high resolution


File size: 2.47 MB
Image size: 4097 x 4156 pixels
Resolution: 72 dpi

Photo taken on August 21, 2023

Date modified: