Heralded as the most famous celestial band -- second only to the rings of Saturn -- the Ring Nebula (also categorized as M57) glows with impressive "looping structures," in a way that looks stunningly like a giant blooming flower floating in space. Luckily for us, the Hubble Space Telescope captured an image in beautiful detail, considering the Ring Nebula exists 2,000 light years away from Earth.
One Ring to Rule Them All... plus a surprise star via Phil Plait on Google+ This incredible, deep image of the famous Ring Nebula (processed by Andre van Der Hoeven) is gorgeous, and cool all on its own. But it also shows the actual motion of a star shooting across space... over nearly a century! http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2012/12/24/ring_nebula_a_new_picture_shows_a_star_moving_across_the_sky_photo.html