Mysterious rings in new James Webb image

Astronomers are still trying to understand the odd concentric rings that the James Webb Space Telescope observed around a distant star.

The photograph, which was shot in July, sparked a flood of comments and puzzled looks when it was posted on Twitter by citizen scientist Judy Schmidt.

It displays the star WR140 surrounded by recurrent circles that resemble ripples and gradually vanish.

The circles, however, lack perfect roundness and resemble squares in several ways.

"I believe nature is simply accomplishing something straightforward, but when we examine it from a single perspective, it appears to be impossible,"

first to comprehend that it is a natural occurrence," Schmidt stated in an email to

"Why is it shaped in that way? Why is it so commonplace?"

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