Like we look down a well.
Which is almost perfectly round and cylinder (with ⌀=1 ly) and which we are looking down almost perfectly along the axis.
At its outskirts the well is widening, like a hole in a doughnut, to a few ly.
Is it a many years old pair of hollow and widening jets followed by new pair of more tightly collimated hollow jets and some blue filling-clogging in the center?
Can we differentiate between one wide part moving our way and the other wide part moving away from us?
seems to me that the hollow jet moving towards us is narrower and faster than the counter-jet.
It makes sense if on our side there is less interstellar media to slow down the jet and to curve the magnetic field lines of the jet's tube further away from the axis, does it?
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The "central ring" link is wrong. It is linking to the 8/15/2021 APOD instead of the intended 8/17/2021 APOD.
Congratulations! You've passed the "click on every link" test. I had been wondering what an APOD about the Perseids had to do with a "ring" - central or otherwise - and was also going to post about the problem, but you beat me to it.
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<<M57 is 2,570 light-years from Earth. Photographs taken over a period of 50 years show the rate of nebula expansion is roughly 1 arcsecond per century, which corresponds to spectroscopic observations as 20–30 km/s. M57 is illuminated by a central white dwarf or planetary nebula nucleus (PNN) of 15.75v visual magnitude.
All the interior parts of this nebula have a blue-green tinge that is caused by the doubly ionized oxygen emission lines at 495.7 and 500.7 nm. These observed so-called "forbidden lines" occur only in conditions of very low density containing a few atoms per cubic centimeter.
In the outer region of the ring, part of the reddish hue is caused by hydrogen emission at 656.3 nm, forming part of the Balmer series of lines.Forbidden lines of ionized nitrogen or N II contributes to the reddishness at 654.8 and 658.3 nm.>>