Two powerful cameras fitted into NASA’s Webb or James Webb Space Telescope, earth’s most powerful telescope, captured the rarest and highly detailed image of planetary nebula NGC 3132, which is also called the Southern Ring Nebula. This Nebula as per NASA is approx. 2,500 light-years away from the Earth.
Meaning of “Final Performance Of A Dying Star”, Captured By NASA’s Webb
Space agency NASA explained the phrase “Final Performance Of A Dying Star”, as a phenomenon that takes thousands of years to occur. In the images, a star can be seen emitting dim light, which is fading slowly and is surrounded by a cloud of dust from all directions. This is the first time a cloaked star with dust has been captured, with the latest James Webb Space Telescope. Conclude the images showing a dying star, performing stunningly for the last time.
NASA uploaded the images on their official Twitter handle with captions, “Some stars go out with a bang. In these images of the Southern Ring planetary nebula, @NASAWebb shows a dying star cloaked by dust and layers of light.”
In another post, NASA also launched coloured images of the Nebula cloud with the captions, “b@NASAWebb’s first images have been released!”
Describing the captured dying star NASA said, “But if we could rotate it to view it edge-on, its three-dimensional shape would more clearly look like two bowls placed together at the bottom, opening away from one another with a large hole at the centre.”
In the post, you can see two different images of the dying stars, the left image captured by Webb’s Near-Infrared Camera (NIRCam) shows the multiple layers of light being emitted from inside to outside, and the right image captured by Webb’s Mid-Infrared Instrument (MIRI) shows the second start surrounding the cloud of dust.
“The brighter star is in an earlier stage of its stellar evolution and will probably eject its own planetary nebula in the future, “ asserted NASA.
Northrop Grumman Corp is responsible for constructing the powerful James Webb telescope. It was launched in space in December 2021 for NASA and its counterparts in Europe and Canada.