NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has captured a new image of the Crab Nebula.

A team led by Thea Temim of Princeton University is looking for an answer about the origin of the nebula.

The Webb telescope photographed it in infrared light. With this, it was possible to see thin white filaments of charged particles.

“Webb’s sensitivity and spatial resolution allow us to pinpoint the composition of the ejected material, particularly the iron and nickel content, which could reveal what type of explosion caused the Crab Nebula,” Temim explains.

The Crab Nebula is located 6500 light-years away in the constellation of Taurus.

In its center there is a white dot – a pulsar. It is a neutron star, which is a source of electromagnetic radiation that pulsates.

Almost 1,000 years ago, a supermassive star suddenly exploded. However, its core remained intact – it is the pulsar of the Crab Nebula.

In 2005, the nebula was recorded by the Hubble telescope, but visible light did not allow all the details to be seen. And now the Webb telescope has made it possible to see colorful filaments of gas and dust.

Recall that two giant planets collided and left behind a “doughnut” of dust. This is the first time scientists have seen such a phenomenon and its consequences.